The two-time SEC Freshman of the Week has a focused take on her athletic endeavors: “I’m just here to have fun and do what I know how to do.”
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – On the biggest stages in college gymnastics, under the brightest lights, freshman at Auburn University Sophie Groth not afraid to shine.
She can save it, already named “SEC Freshman of the Week” twice.
“I’m just here to do my job and have fun with it, so obviously the rewards are an important and fun part, but at the end of the day I’m just here to have fun and do what I know how to do” , she told Local 5 Chenue it.
Her mother, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Groth, recalls the moment Sophia texted her about it: And she said ‘Okay!?’ »
Karen watched Sophia do it all, winning competition after competition. Even injuries never stopped her. The way Sophia handles everything has always been impressive to Karen.
But now she likes to see Sophia flourish on her own.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my two daughters, but college gymnastics is no joke. It’s a lot. Your schedule is constantly hectic and she has learned to manage her time throughout her years in gymnastics,” Karen said.
“Learning to reconcile everything with school, gymnastics and social life. It’s been a really big adjustment, but it’s been amazing because I’ve had so many people here willing to help me out,” Sophia said.
Those who help her are those who celebrate her every weekend: her teammates.
Her teammate and Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee dubbed Sophia the Beam Queen.
“Our camaraderie and chemistry overall is just very special. We all get along very well and that contributes to our success this year because we love each other and want the best for each of us,” Sophia said of her team.
For Karen, it’s no surprise that Sophia has fitted in so well with the team.
She said that from the time she adopted Sophia as a baby, Sophia had a determined, independent and caring nature.
“Sophia is a very humble person. She’s one of the most humble people I’ve ever met, so she’s never really celebrated the great things she’s done in gymnastics.”
But that’s the problem, Karen said Sophia cared so much about other people.
Even amid her success, the Valley High School graduate still thinks of Iowa.
“I come here and I’m like, ‘I’m from Iowa,’ and they’re like, ‘Where? Idaho?’ and I’m like ‘No! Iowa!’ It’s definitely an underrated state,” Sophia recalls.
She has the star power, the talent and the determination to shine. Throughout his life, what tied everything together, however, was his poise.
“She has a certain moral code that she upholds and college hasn’t shaken that,” Karen said.
Auburn’s next women’s gymnastics meet is Friday at 5:30 p.m. against the University of Kentucky.
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