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Sarah Haskins

Olympic Triathlete



1.) Who were your heroes growing up?

When I was younger, swimming was my first passion and I really looked up to the Olympic swimmers; like Janet Evans and Summer Sanders. As I got a little older, I realized how much my parents have sacrificed for me and helped me to achieve my dreams and I really look up to them.


2.) What advice do you have for an aspiring athlete?

Don't give up on your dreams; even when the going gets tough. Often, those bumps in the road make you stronger and help you overall in the long run in achieving your dreams. Always continue to ask questions and learn about what you are trying to achieve.  


3.) What is something about being a triathlete that the average fan wouldn't know?

Being a professional triathlete requires paying attention to the daily details of life. I love my job, but I also think about doing the little things right 24/7.  Essentially, I don’t ever stop “working”. After my training sessions, I think about what fuel I need to recover, what exercises I need to do to prevent injury, what the best recovery is for me before my next session, trying to get to bed early, etc!  I enjoy what I do in striving to be the best in achieving my goals. 


4.) What was your favorite subject in school and why?

Literature. I always enjoyed reading, especially a good book!


5.) What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy staying connected with family back in Missouri and Minnesota (cell phones/skype!).  I also like to watch movies, tv, and reading; which are great activities when trying to recover from a hard training session.  My husband and I live close to a lake, so we like to take walks down to the lake in the evening and take a canoe ride in the water.


6.) Describe a time when you had to persevere through a difficult situation.

In 2007 while racing, I had a major ankle sprain that lead to a nerve entrapment, surgery and several years of strengthening the area to be able to perform without pain.  This was tough physically, but more so mentally.  I learned so much about my body and keeping a positive attitude throughout the years of injury.


7.) What role does a positive attitude play in your athletic performance and also in your day-to-day life?

The saying may be cliché, “Attitude is everything”; however, this is very true in my day to day life.  I have learned that keeping a positive attitude can take you much farther than having a negative attitude which will not only bring you down, but everyone around you will feel the negative effects.  Remember that everyone has setbacks, but what separates true champions from those not achieving their potential, are how champions react to those setbacks. If you have a problem, figure out how to solve it and move on!