Gwen Jorgensen

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Gwen Jorgensen after her victory in Stockholm, 2013
Gwen Jorgensen after her victory in Stockholm, 2013
Personal information
Date of birth 25th April 1986 (age 34)
place of birth Waukesha
size 177 cm
Weight 55 kg
2013-2015 3 × national champion triathlon short distance
2014, 2015 2 × ITU world champion triathlon short distance
2016 Winner of the 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Vice world champion ITU triathlon short distance

Gwen Jorgensen (* 25. April 1986 in Waukesha as Gwen Jorgensen Rosemary ) is an American triathlete and long-distance runner . She is two-time triathlon world champion in the Olympic short distance (2014, 2015), two-time Olympic athlete (2012, 2016) and Olympic champion (2016).


Gwen Jorgensen entered triathlon in 2010 and secured seven top ten places in the World Cup in the first year. She won silver at the University World Championships in Valencia in May and was voted "USA Triathlon Rookie" of the year in America.

2012 Summer Olympics

At the World Championship Series Triathlon in London, Jorgensen came second in August 2011, securing a fixed starter spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she only finished 38th in August with a flat tire.

She was trained by Jamie Turner and looked after by her husband Patrick Lemieux , a former professional cyclist. For her achievements, Jorgensen was named "Triathlete of the Year 2013" in the United States.

Gwen Jorgensen next to the Swiss Nicola Spirig (winner 2012) on the running track at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games

ITU world champion triathlon short distance 2014 and 2015

As part of the ITU World Championship series 2014, Gwen Jorgensen won four races in a row, which no other athlete has achieved before and in August she won the world championship title in Canada with her fifth victory in the final race of the racing series ("Grand Final") secure the triathlon short distance (1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running).

In March 2015, she won both the opening race of the world championship series in Abu Dhabi and the second race of the current annual championship in New Zealand. In the 2015 Triathlon World Championship racing series , she was in first place with five wins after the first six of ten races. In the fourth race, which took place in South Africa on April 25th, exactly on her 29th birthday, she did not start. In July she achieved her eleventh victory in a row in the seventh race in Hamburg on the sprint distance. In September, she won the final race in Chicago to win the world championship title again.

Winner of the 2016 Summer Olympics

Gwen Jorgensen qualified for a place at the 2016 Summer Olympics and finished first for the USA on August 20 in Rio de Janeiro. In September she was runner-up in the triathlon world championship in Mexico with second place in the last race of the World Cup racing series (“Grand Final”).
In her first marathon start at the New York City Marathon , she finished 14th in November.

In January 2017, the then 30-year-old announced her pregnancy via social media and took a break in the 2017 season. She has been the mother of a son since August. In November she announced that she would no longer compete in the triathlon in the coming year and would concentrate on long-distance running (10,000 m and marathon).


Gwen Jorgensen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Masters degree and a CPA exam. She works as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Milwaukee , where she also lives.


  • USA triathlon rookie, 2010
  • USA Triathlete of the Year, 2013
  • Wisconsin Badgers Hall of Fame 2019

Sporting successes

(DNF - Did Not Finish )

Web links

Commons : Gwen Jorgensen  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tom Held: Jorgensen named USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year In: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel January 28, 2011
  2. Happy wife, happy life
  3. USA Triathlon Announces Elite Triathletes of the Year for 2013 In: USA Triathlon February 27, 2014
  4. Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings 2014 (current)
  5. Gwen Jorgensen leaves triathlon for marathon (November 7, 2017)
  6. Gwen Jorgensen Shifts Focus from Marathon to US Track Trials for 2020 Olympics (December 4, 2019)
  7. Island House Triathlon: Overall victory for Richard Murray and Gwen Jorgensen. In: October 31, 2016, accessed March 21, 2017 .
  8. Jodie Stimpson and Peter Kerr take Oceania Sprint titles (February 23, 2013)
  9. ITU World Cup Hungary: McMahon and Jorgensen in front (August 14, 2011)
  10. Morrison, Aernouts take duathlon world titles (5 September 2010)
  11. Jorgensen 14th at NYC Marathon (November 6, 2016)