Learn more about women's skeleton athlete Sara Roderick
Sara Roderick enjoys spending time on her dad’s fishing and lobstering boat in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The unpredictable tides, she said in an interview with Cape Cod Times, were soothing and made her feel connected to the world. She grew up competing in soccer, basketball, softball, and track and field before finding the sport of skeleton. Sara graduated from the University of Vermont where she was a track star. Currently, she is pursuing a master's in sports psychology at the University of Missouri online.
The photo is of Sara (right) and her teammate, Kelly Curtis (left), at the PyeongChang, South Korea Intercontinental Cup.
Learn more about Sara in our Q&A:
Q: How were you exposed to skeleton?
A: My track and training coach at Vermont told me to try out for the sport after I spent a year abroad teaching social studies in Prague and Budapest. My time away helped me realize that I missed the competition, especially after being a heptathlete at Vermont. I fit into the sport rather well and fell in love with the sport right away. I instantly loved skeleton and the competition at a higher level. On top of that, the compassion and energy my team spreads is super motivating for me to be my best.
Q: What obstacles have you faced on your journey?
A: Financials for sure, but beyond that, having confidence in myself and having the proper mindset when competing and forgetting about the expectation I have for myself.
Q: Do you have a typical warm up routine and is there any music to prepare you for the race?
A: I try to keep race day as similar to training day as possible. I love listening to music, it helps me drown out all my concerns and stay focused. I don't have a particular song, but a 100 song playlist that I like to shuffle through depending on my mood.
Q: What from your career are you most proud of?
A: Being a part of two podium sweeps for Team USA at Lake Placid was an incredible experience. But the validation and excitement I feel at the end of a good run is second to none.
Q: How have you managed staying driven and focus with COVID 19?
A: Well I have a home gym that I have been able to take advantage of, but even more so communicating with team staff is always positive and a super helpful experience. I have also had the opportunity to meet with my sprints coach which is a reassuring feeling for me.
Q: How can you further your success in the sport?
A: For me, maintaining a positive and healthy lifestyle is important. Being a student of the sport has really helped me progress my abilities and results.
Q: How has living abroad positively impacted your mindset for skeleton?
A: After stepping away from competition while in Budapest and Prague, I realized I missed athletics. But it helped me be comfortable with uncomfortable situations, which I think has benefitted me greatly in the sport.
Q: Where do you see yourself after skeleton?
A: I'm rather unsure where it will be, but I want to work as an academic advisor on the college level. However, I live my life rather spontaneously and am open to whatever comes my way when the right opportunity comes along.
Q: Do you have a favorite athlete?
A: I love Megan Rapinoe. I believe she has a great voice and really utilizes her platform to fight for women's rights and is proud of her. On a side not, I love kickball and play in a kickball league in the summers around home.
Q: Do you have a favorite cheat food?
A: Cheat foods are a part of me. I love sweets. I love getting ice cream at Stuart's with my teammates.
Q: What is one interesting thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
A: I am kind of an outdoors enthusiast. I like to hike being in the New England region and I really love to watch Jeopardy. On top of that, Covid has helped me become an exquisite gardener!