World championships are here, but Groves has eye on Olympics
A good Vancouver result will only help in Beijing
Terry Bell, The Province
Published: Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Vancouver triathlete Lauren Groves has her sights set on hitting the podium two months from now at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
But she's not overlooking this weekend's assignment: a quality performance at the 2008 Vancouver BG World Triathlon Championships in the West End.
Her reasons are many. Vancouver is still home, though she lives and trains much of the year in Boulder, Colo. Her mom and dad will be watching her compete. And a good performance could move her move up in the International Triathlon Union rankings, maybe even into the top 10, which would mean a better starting position in Beijing.
"I'm definitely looking forward to it," Groves, who finished eighth at last June's Vancouver World Cup, said of Sunday morning's race.
"It's the world championships so I want to have a big result, but my eye is on Beijing," she said in a phone interview from Colorado. "I don't have a finish goal for this race but I have mini-goals within the race."
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