Photo Credit: Nils Nilsen

Hometown: Waukesha, Wis.
Resides: St Paul, MN
College: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Height: 5-10 / 177
Weight: 130lbs / 55kg
Birthdate: 4/25/1986
Coach: Jamie Turner

 

 

 


Career Highlights

  • USA Triathlon National Team Member
  • 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member
  • 2013 USA Triathlon's Triathlete of the Year
  • 2013 USAT Elite National Champion (Sprint and Olympic Distance)
  • First USA Woman to win a World Triathlon Series race (won 3 in 2013)
  • Six-time ITU World Triathlon Series Podium Finisher (London, 2011; Auckland, 2012; San Diego, 2013; Yokohama, 2013, Hamburg Relay, 2013, Stockholm, 2013)
  • 2012 Banyoles ITU World Cup Champion
  • 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Race Series Champion
  • 2011 Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup Champion
  • 2010 USAT Rookie of the Year
  • 2010 USAT Elite Duathlete of the Year

2013 Highlights

  • Made history as the first American woman to win an ITU World Triathlon Series race at the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon Series Race in San Diego on April 19
  • Logged her second straight ITU World Triathlon Series win at the May 11 event in Yokohama 
  • Won a third World Triathlon Series race in Stockholm
  • 2013 USAT National Champion in Olympic and Sprint distance Triathlon
  • 2013 USA Triathlon Elite Triathlete of the Year
  • Named one of the top 10 most influential people in the sport of Triathlon by Inside Tri

2012 Highlights

  • Member of the USA Triathlon National Team and a 2012 U.S. Olympian
  • Finished a career-best ninth overall and as the No. 2 American in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings
  • Closed her season with a runner-up finish at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand, on Oct. 20
  • Surged from more than a minute down off the bike to the silver medal and her second career ITU World Triathlon Series podium finish thanks to the day’s fastest 10k split of 34:10, which was more than 40 seconds faster than any other competitor
  • Made her Olympic Games debut in London on Aug. 4, finishing 38th after suffering an untimely flat tire on the bike
  • Placed second and had the fastest run at the July 14 Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis
  • Claimed her second career ITU World Cup victory June 17 in Banyoles, Spain
  • Finished fourth at the ITU World Triathlon Series race in Sydney on April 14

2011 Highlights

  • Member of the USA Triathlon Project 2012 program
  • Placed fourth at the 2011 Pan American Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Oct. 23
  • Winner of the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Race Series women’s title
  • Overcame a crash on the bike to run her way to a runner-up finish at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sept. 24
  • Ranked 11th overall and as the No. 3 American in the final 2011 ITU World Championship Series Rankings
  • Posted her first ITU World Cup win in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, on Aug. 14 with the day’s fastest run split at 33:49 which was 42 second faster than any other competitor
  • Less than two years after completing her first competitive triathlon, placed second to post the best finish by an American woman in the history of the ITU World Championship Series and claim a spot on the 2012 United States Olympic Triathlon Team on Aug. 6 in London
  • Made her ITU World Championship Series debut in Madrid on June 5

2010 Highlights

  • Named the 2010 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year and Elite Duathlete of the Year after a remarkable debut season as an elite
  • Led the U.S. with a runner-up finish at the 2010 PATCO Pan American Championship in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Finished 2nd at the 2010 FISU World University Championships in Valencia, Spain, in just her second triathlon after posting the fastest run split by more than 2 minutes

Athletic Background

  • In her first competitive triathlon, earned elite card with an eighth-place finish (second amateur) at USAT’s Elite Development Race in March 2010 in Clermont, Fla.
  • Member of the track & field, cross country and swimming teams at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Swam for three years in college before switching to track on a full-time basis
  • Earned All-America honors in both track and cross country
  • 2009 Big Ten champion in the 5,000m and 3,000m
  • Three-time NCAA Championship participant in track and two-time cross country participant
  • Qualified for the Big Ten Swimming Championships from 2004-07
  • Six-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2009
  • Standout in both swimming and track at Waukesha South High School.

Personal

  • Name: Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen
  • Family: Parents are Nancy and Joel Jorgensen. One older sister: Elizabeth
  • Boys: Engaged to Patrick Lemieux, avid cyclist and skier. He is also the best caretaker.
  • Foods I Eat Daily: Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Oats, Meat, Chocolate
  • Favorite Breakfast: Oats with raisins, walnuts, bananas, peanut butter, honey and two poached eggs on top
  • If I Wasn't A Triathlete I Would: be using my CPA License as a Tax Accountant (formerly employed at EY)
  • Favorite App: Yelp
  • Favorite Charity: St Paul, MN Children's Hospital
  • Favorite Session: 6x1km runs at race pace
  • Favorite Training Group: Wollongong Wizards
  • Bedtime: 9pm
  • Morning or Night Person: Morning
  • Training Locations: Wollongong, Australia, Vitoria, Basque Region of Spain, and St Paul, MN, USA