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Gwen Jorgensen Captures USOC June Athlete of the Month Award
Jorgensen made history in the ITU World Triathlon Series
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Olympic Committee today announced Gwen Jorgensen has been selected as the female June Athlete of the Month for her record-breaking performance in the ITU World Triathlon Chicago.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) captured her sixth career ITU World Triathlon Series victory in the inaugural ITU World Triathlon Chicago on June 28, making history as the first woman from any country to claim six titles since the series launched in 2009. Jorgensen retains her No. 1 world ranking and also earned her second consecutive USA Triathlon Elite National Championships title. A recap of the event is available at usatriathlon.org.
Gymnast Eddie Penev (Penfield, N.Y.) was awarded men’s Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. Women’s Senior National Water Polo Team received Team of the Month honors.
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 June Athletes and Team of the Month:
1. Gwen Jorgensen, Triathlon
2. Katie Ledecky, Swimming
3. Maggie Steffens, Water Polo
1. Eddie Penev, Gymnastics
2. Conor Dwyer, Swimming
3. Stanley Johnson, Basketball
1. U.S. Women’s Senior National Team, Water Polo
2. U.S. Women’s National Team, Rowing
3. U.S. Men’s National U18 Team, Basketball
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).