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Gwen Jorgensen Going for the Gold

June 12, 2012, 3:01 p.m. (ET)
Hometown: Waukesha, Wis. 
Resides: Milwaukee, Wis.
College: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Height: 5-10 
Weight: 125
Birthdate: 1986
Birth Place: Waukesha, Wis.
First Year Elite: 2010

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Career Highlights
Qualfiied for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team
2010 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year
2010 USA Triathlon Elite Duathlete of the Year

2011 Highlights: Member of the USA Triathlon Project 2012 program • Currently ranked eighth in the ITU World Championship Series Rankings through six events • Posted her first ITU World Cup win in Tiszaujvaros on August 14 with the day's fatest run split at 33:49 which was 42 second faster than any other competitor • Less than two years after completing her first-ever 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 • Finished sixth at the ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon Championship August 20 • Part of the U.S. Team that took fifth at the ITU Team Triathlon World Championships August 21 • 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 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 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 • 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.
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