Gwen Jorgensen

Gwen Jorgensen

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
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Residence St. Paul, Minnesota
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport Triathlon
Turned pro 2010
Coached by Jamie Turner
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Track and Field
mile: 4:39.43 i
3000 m: 9:10.12 i
5000 m: 15:52.19

10000 m: 33:38.38

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.[1][2] 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.[3][4]


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.[5] 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.[6]

In 2014, Jorgensen placed first in four consecutive World Triathlon Series races, something no other female had done in the history of the series.[7] Her winning streak extended through 2015, with a total of 13 consecutive series wins by the end of the year.[8] 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.[9] In 2015 she joined ECS Triathlon, an elite club, based in Sartrouville, France.[10]

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

ITU competitions

Jorgensen's ITU race results are:[11]


  1. "USA Triathlon Announces Elite Triathletes of the Year for 2013". USA Triathlon. February 27, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  2. "USA Triathlon Names 2014 Elite Triathletes Of The Year". March 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  3. Penny, Brandon (August 2, 2015). "Gwen Jorgensen And Sarah True Punch Tickets To 2016 Rio Olympics". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  4. "Triathlon 🚵 👩 Tournaments". Autopica. August 20, 2016.
  5. "Photos: At Home With Gwen Jorgensen". December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  6. "Gwen Jorgensen". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  7. Helliker, Kevin (July 22, 2014). "Gwen Jorgensen: From Accountant to No. 1 Triathlete". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  8. Carlson, Timothy (September 18, 2015). "Gwensanity reigns undefeated". Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  9. Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Women – 2016 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast – ITU World Triathlon Series". Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  10. "Jorgensen marche sur l'eau". Le Telegramme. September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  11. "Gwen Jorgensen Results". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
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