Gwen Jorgensen
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Gwen Jorgensen

Gwen Jorgensen
Gwen Jorgensen winner in Stockholm 2013 -4.jpg
Jorgensen following her win at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series race in Stockholm.
Personal information
Full name Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen
Nationality American
Born (1986-04-25) April 25, 1986 (age 32)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Residence Portland, Oregon
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport Triathlon (2010 - 2017)
Marathon (2017 - Present)
Turned pro 2010
Coached by Jamie Turner
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Track and Field
[1]mile: 4:39.43 i
3000 m: 9:10.12 i
5000 m: 15:15.64 i
10000 m: 31:55.68

Half marathon: 1:10:58

Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen (born April 25, 1986 in Waukesha, Wisconsin) is an American distance runner and former 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.[2][3] 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.[4][5]


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.[6] 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.[7]

In 2014, Jorgensen placed first in four consecutive World Triathlon Series races, something no other female had done in the history of the series.[8] Her winning streak extended through 2015, with a total of 13 consecutive series wins by the end of the year.[9] 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.[10] In 2015, she joined ECS Triathlon, an elite club, based in Sartrouville, France.[11]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Jorgensen won gold in triathlon. After winning the gold medal in Rio, Gwen entered the New York City Marathon and placed 14th with a time of 2:41:01.[12]

Jorgensen announced via Twitter on January 19, 2017 that she and her husband were expecting a child. She gave birth to a boy, Stanley, on August 16, 2017 - almost two weeks after his due date.[13]

In November 2017, Jorgensen announced that she was retiring from triathlon, and focusing on the marathon, with the goal of winning an Olympic gold in the discipline at Tokyo 2020.[14]

ITU competitions

Jorgensen's ITU race results are:[15]


  1. ^ Gwen Jorgensen IAAF
  2. ^ "USA Triathlon Announces Elite Triathletes of the Year for 2013". USA Triathlon. February 27, 2014. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "USA Triathlon Names 2014 Elite Triathletes Of The Year". March 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Penny, Brandon (August 2, 2015). "Gwen Jorgensen And Sarah True Punch Tickets To 2016 Rio Olympics". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Triathlon ? ? Tournaments". Autopica. August 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Photos: At Home With Gwen Jorgensen". December 4, 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gwen Jorgensen". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ Helliker, Kevin (July 22, 2014). "Gwen Jorgensen: From Accountant to No. 1 Triathlete". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ Carlson, Timothy (September 18, 2015). "Gwensanity reigns undefeated". Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Women - 2016 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast - ITU World Triathlon Series". Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ "Jorgensen marche sur l'eau". Le Telegramme. September 6, 2015. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ "Olympic Triathlon Champ Gwen Jorgensen 14th at NYC Marathon". 2016-11-06. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Stanley's Birth". Gwen Jorgensen. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "America's Next Great Marathoner? Triathlon Champ Gwen Jorgensen Going for Gold". Runner's World. 2017-11-07. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Gwen Jorgensen Results". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 2016. 

External links

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