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What drives an Olympian and Ironman champion: Sarah True speaks from the heart

An open discussion about the highs and lows of Sarah True's impressive triathlon career

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Fourth at the 2012 Olympics, Sarah True (nee Groff) surged onto the Ironman scene in 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, then a fourth-place finish at the Ironman World Championship a few months later.

Sarah True on the bike course at Ironman Mont-Tremblant (Credit: Kevin Mackinnon)

On track to take the long-distance world by storm, True struggled in 2019. On a scorching-hot day in Frankfurt, seemingly on her way to a dominant win with a lead of about eight minutes, she collapsed 800 m short of the finish line. True would take second at Ironman Mont-Tremblant in August to earn her Kona slot, only to have another tough day in Kona that saw her deal with a mechanical isssue out of T1, then end up in the hospital later in the race with more heat issues.

Today, in the third episode of the Wahoo Frontiers video series, True talks about the highs and lows of her triathlon career. Always a straight-shooter, the video captures much of her indomitable spirit and offers insight into the drive that has made her one of the most successful triathletes of the last decade.