Hometown: Waukesha, Wis.
Resides: St Paul, MN
College: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Height: 5-10 / 177
Weight: 130lbs / 55kg
Birthdate: 4/25/1986 (26)
Coach: Jamie Turner
USA Triathlon National Team Member
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member
Two-time ITU World Triathlon Series Podium Finisher (London, 2011; Auckland, 2012)
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
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 • In her first action since the Olympic Games, finished eighth at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on Sept. 29 • 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 • Finished 11th at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel on June 23 and shared the day’s fastest run split (34:29) • Claimed her second career ITU World Cup victory June 17 in Banyoles, Spain • Posted the day’s fastest run split of 35:10 en route to the victory • Finished fourth at the ITU World Triathlon Sydney on April 14 • Placed sixth at the season-opening Clermont ITU Sprint Pan American Cup on March 3.
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 • Locked up the series victory with a win in the Oct. 9 series finale in Myrtle Beach, S.C. • 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 • Placed ninth and recorded the fastest run split at the Sept. 4 Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup • Finished sixth at the ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon Championship on Aug. 20 • Part of the U.S. Team that took fifth at the ITU Team Triathlon World Championships on Aug. 21 • 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 • Closed the race with a 33:43 10k run split • Posted the fifth-fastest run split at the July 17 Hamburg WCS event • Made her ITU World Championship Series debut in Madrid on June 5 • Placed fifth at the May 8 Monterrey ITU World Cup • Finished 16th at the March 27 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup • Also was fifth at the Mazatlan ITU Pan American Cup on April 9 • Finished third overall at the opening event of the USA Triathlon Elite Race Series on March 5 in Clermont, Fla., but was the No. 2 American to earn runner-up honors in the first-ever USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championship.
Elite Triathlon Career: 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 • Also finished fifth at the 2010 Huatulco ITU World Cup • Took fifth at the 2010 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Finished 13th at the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland • Took third at the 2010 San Francisco ITU Pan American Cup after closing strong on the run • Notched fifth-place finishes at the Kelowna and Coteau-du-Lac Pan American Cup events in 2010 • Finished second 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.
Amateur Triathlon Career: Standout runner and swimmer turned to triathlon after being identified by USAT’s Collegiate Recruitment Program • 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. • Won three different running road races in 2010.
Athletic Background: Member of the track & field, cross country and swimming teams at Wisconsin • 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: Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen • Parents are Nancy and Joel Jorgensen • Has an older sister, Elizabeth • Dating Patrick Lemieux, Professional Cyclist • Employed as an accountant at Ernst & Young in Milwaukee • Earned Master’s in accounting form Wisconsin and passed the CPA exam • Served on the Leadership Committee for Athletes in Action at Wisconsin • Loves food (cooking, eating/trying new foods, rating restaurants, using Yelp, etc.)