- Date of Birth:
- April 25, 1986
- 5' 10"
Gwen Jorgensen (born Gwen Rosemary Jorgensen on April 25, 1986 in Waukesha, WI) is an American Olympic athlete. At the 2016 Rio Olympic games, Gwen became the first US woman to win gold in the triathlon. Gwen went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated with a Masters in accounting. After graduating and starting work at Ernst & Young, Gwen was approached by USA Triathlon, who was recruiting college athletes, and persuaded to compete in triathlons. Gwen is the 2014 and 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series Champion, and was the USA Triathlon’s 2013 and 2014 Olympic/ITU Female Athlete of the Year. She competed at the 2012 London Olympic games, but after getting a flat tire in the biking portion of the race, came in 38th place. Gwen made history in 2014 by placing first in four consecutive World Triathlon Series races, something no other woman has done.
Best Known For:
Gwen is best known as an Olympic triathlete.
Gwen met her husband, former professional cyclist Patrick Lemieux, when they were both part of the same cycling group in 2011. He taught her how to become a better cyclist, and actually ended up quitting cycling to help her focus on her career full-time in 2013. He proposed during a bike ride in 2013.