Team(s): National Team
2011 ITU Rank: 11
2011 USAT Rank: 3
First Year Elite: 2010
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Resides: Milwaukee, Wis.
College: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Birthdate: 4/25/1986 (26)
Birthplace: Waukesha, Wis.
USA Triathlon National Team Member 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Qualifier 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 • 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 • Ranks 22nd overall and is the No. 2 American in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings through three events • 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.
Elite Triathlon Career: Continued a meteoric rise in the sport with a breakthrough 2011 season • Placed fourth at the 2011 Pan American Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • Winner of the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Race Series women’s title • Locked up the series victory with a win in the series finale in Myrtle Beach, S.C. • Overcame a crash on the bike to run her way to a runner-up finish at the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. • Ranked 11th overall and finished as the No. 3 American in the final 2011 ITU World Championship Series rankings • Placed ninth and recorded the fastest run split at the Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup • Finished sixth at the 2011 ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon Championship • Part of the U.S. Team that took fifth at the 2011 ITU Team Triathlon World Championships • Posted her first ITU World Cup win in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, in 2011 thanks to 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 in London on Aug. 6, 2011 • Closed the race with a 33:43 10k run split • Posted the fifth-fastest run split at the 2011 Hamburg WCS event • Made her ITU World Championship Series debut in Madrid in 2011 • Placed fifth at the 2011 Monterrey ITU World Cup • Finished 16th at the 2011 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup • Also was fifth at the 2011 Mazatlan ITU Pan American Cup • Finished third overall at the opening event of the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Race Series in Clermont, Fla., and was the No. 2 American to earn runner-up honors in the first-ever USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championship • 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.
Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen • Parents are Nancy and Joel Jorgensen • Has an older sister, Elizabeth • 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.