Sarah was born May 10, 1964. She started her competitive career early on by winning the title of Short Track Midget National Champion in 1975 and 1976, along with Long Track National Champion in 1976 and then Juvenile Short Track Co-Champion in 1977. In 1978, she won Long Track and Short Track National Championships and earned a spot on the World Short Track Team in 1978. At the Worlds event she won the 1500 and 3000m events along with being on the champion relay team. She won the overall Junior World champion in 1981, winning three golds and setting records in each race. She also held a position as a member of the 1980 Olympic Team. Sarah was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 16, 1992 in St. Louis, Missouri.