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.
Before Lukas Verzbicas, the fifth high school runner to break the 4:00 minute mile and two-time Footlocker Cross Country National Champion, was wheeled into surgery after a horrific bike crash late last summer, his parents were told that there was a good chance he would never walk again. Lukas came in studio to go through his early days of running and triathlon, his accident, his comeback and his plans for 2013 and beyond.
On April 18th in San Diego, Jim MacLaren, who passed away in 2010, will become the first challenged athlete inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame. John MacLaren came on to chat about his brother and how Jimmy’s legacy will live on forever through The Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Julie Moss will be inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame on April 18th. She came on with us to share her memories of that classic race with Kathleen McCartney back in February of 1982, and how also, over time, she learned to embrace the moment that would define her and, ultimately, kick start a growth spurt for the sport of triathlon.
Rob Urbach has a fascinating background that includes working with the likes of David Falk and Michael Jordan. He is now two years into his role as the Executive Director of USA Triathlon. We discussed he the ups and downs of the past 24 months and the goals for 2016 and beyond.