Tag: Gwen Jorgensen
Gwen Jorgensen swam her first few years at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and then decided to run for the school for two seasons while also getting her CPA. She ended up winning Big 10 titles at both the 3,000 and the 5,000 meters in 2009. Barb Lindquist from USA Triathlon, formerly the number one triathlete in the world, discovered Gwen and asked her if she’d be interested in learning to race a bike and becoming a professional triathlete.
In 2011 Gwen made the U.S. Olympic Triathlon team, in maybe her 15th ever triathlon and, after racing in the 2012 Olympic triathlon in London, she won three WTS races in 2013 and has established herself as one of the best female triathletes in the world. She came on to talk about what has been an unbelievable transformation.
Gwen Jorgensen, who swam and ran at the University of Wisconsin, had finished up not only her degree but her CPA Program as well. While working for Ernst and Young in Milwaukee she was approached by USA Triathlon’s Barb Lindquist about giving the sport of triathlon a shot. As a great swimmer and runner, all she had to do was learn to hammer the bike. No problem, right? Her first ever triathlon was in March of 2010. Less than a year and a half later, in August of 2011, she ran through the field in London, took second place overall and, believe it or not…made the 2012 US Olympic Triathlon team. What a story!