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Gwen Jorgensen Selected as USOC May Athlete of the Month
Jorgensen raced to two World Triathlon Series titles and a No. 1 world ranking
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Olympic Committee today announced Gwen Jorgensen as its female Athlete of the Month for May for her back-to-back gold medals in the ITU World Triathlon Series last month.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) successfully defended her WTS title in Yokohama on May 17, connecting with the lead pack on the 1,500-meter swim and 40-kilometer bike before running a 33:43 10k to win by nearly 40 seconds. Then, on May 31, Jorgensen raced to her best finish in London's Hyde Park, earning her fifth World Triathlon Series title and tying for the most series wins in history with Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Paula Findlay (CAN). With her performances in May, Jorgensen moves to the top position in the world rankings.
Paralympic track and field athlete Raymond Martin (Champaign, Ill.) earned male Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. women's 4x400-meter relay team was named 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. Shawn Morelli, Paralympic Cycling
3. Alison Powers, Cycling
1. Raymond Martin, Paralympic Track & Field
2 Will Groulx, Paralympic Cycling
3. Gerek Meinhardt, Fencing
1. U.S. 4x400-meter Women’s Relay Team, Track & Field
2. U.S. National Quad Team, Wheelchair Tennis
3. Amy Cozad and Katrina Young, Diving
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).