As an Olympic and two-time world triathlon champion, Gwen Jorgensen has become legendary for her ability to overtake any foe during the running segment of competition. Those skills soon will come in handy as she and husband Patrick Lemieux have announced that they soon will be chasing a little one around the house; they are expecting their first child in August.
The couple announced the news Thursday on Twitter and via a brief Facebook Live session as they returned from a doctor’s appointment, where they got their first glimpse of the baby via ultrasound.
“I’m going to take this year easier,” said Jorgensen, a two-time Olympian who last summer became the first American to win Olympic triathlon gold. “The big goal for this year is to have a healthy baby.”
She added that she plans to train as much as possible during her pregnancy and hopes to return to competition in 2018.
Jorgensen last competed Nov. 6 when she placed 14th at the New York City Marathon. It was her first race of more than 10 miles. She holds a total of 20 medals from the World Triathlon Series, including 17 golds, and compiled an unprecedented string of 13 consecutive victories that included the last four races of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season.