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Gwen Jorgensen Claims USOC's May Athlete of the Month Honors
Jorgensen won her second-straight World Triathlon Series gold in Yokohama, Japan
The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) honored triathlete Gwen Jorgensen as its female Athlete of the Month for May following a gold-medal performance at the 2013 World Triathlon Yokohama last month.
Just three weeks after a historic win in San Diego, Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) raced her way to another gold medal and the world No. 1 ranking at the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series Yokohama, held May 10. Jorgensen clocked a time of 1:57:05 on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10K run course en route to her second straight ITU World Triathlon Series win. Jorgensen is the first American to top the ITU World Triathlon Series standings since it began in 2009, and the first U.S. woman to claim the top spot in the triathlon world rankings in nearly a decade.
Paralympic long jumper Josh Kennison (South Paris, Maine) was recognized as male USOC Athlete of the Month, while the U.S. Women's National Water Polo Team won for Team of the Month.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline for USOC monthly honors. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
U.S. Olympic Committee May Athletes and Team of the Month:
1. Gwen Jorgensen, Triathlon
2. Serena Williams, Tennis
3. Christine McCrea, Show Jumping
1. Josh Kennison, Paralympic Track & Field
2. Tyson Gay, Track & Field
3. Jordan Burroughs, Wrestling
1. U.S. Women's National Team, Water Polo
2. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, Beach Volleyball
3. Bob and Mike Bryan, Tennis