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Gwen Jorgensen

Gwen Jorgensen

American triathlete
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Intro American triathlete
A.K.A. Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen
Countries United States of America
Occupations Triathlete
Gender female
Birth 25 April 1986 (Waukesha)
Education University of Wisconsin–Madison
The details
Biography

Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen (born April 25, 1986 in Waukesha, Wisconsin) is an American professional triathlete. She is the 2014 and 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series Champion. She has been named USA Triathlon's 2013 and 2014 Olympic/ITU Female Athlete of the Year. She was a member of the 2012 Olympic Team and again represented the United States in triathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she won the USA's first ever triathlon gold medal with a time of 1 hour, 56 minutes, and 16 seconds.

Career

Jorgensen attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she swam and ran for the Badgers. She earned a master's degree in accounting, passed the CPA exam, and worked for Ernst & Young in Milwaukee as a tax accountant. Soon after graduating and beginning her new job, USA Triathlon, who was pursuing former college swimmers and runners, encouraged Jorgensen to enter the sport of triathlon. In 2010, she was selected as USA Triathlon's Rookie of the year following her silver medal at the World University Triathlon Championships in Spain.

At the 2011 World Championship Series in London, Jorgensen placed 2nd which earned her a spot on the 2012 US Olympic triathlon team. In the London Olympics she suffered a flat tire on the bike portion of the race and would finish in 38th place.

In 2014, Jorgensen placed first in four consecutive World Triathlon Series races, something no other female had done in the history of the series. Her winning streak extended through 2015, with a total of 13 consecutive series wins by the end of the year. Her astonishing streak was finally ended in 2016 by Helen Jenkins in Gold Coast, Australia. By coincidence, Jenkins had been the last competitor to have beaten her before her streak, in Cape Town in 2014. In 2015 she joined ECS Triathlon, an elite club, based in Sartrouville, France.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Jorgensen won gold in triathlon.

Gwen announced via twitter on January 19th, 2017 that she and her husband are expecting a child August 3rd, 2017.

ITU competitions

Jorgensen's ITU race results are:

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