Local athlete turns Olympian in a year

Local athlete turns Olympian in a year

By Lance Allan. CREATED Nov 4, 2011 - UPDATED: Nov 4, 2011

MILWAUKEE - If you think you have a lot going, Gwen Jorgensen might have you beaten. This triathlete is taking multi-tasking, to a whole new level.

Whether it's swimming, running, or biking, Gwen Jorgensen is in a hurry. She just began competing in triathlons in March of 2010. In 18 short months, she's already qualified for the Olympics.

"They came to me and recruited me," she says.

She's also a part-time tax accountant, putting in 10 hours a week at Ernst and Young.

Gwen's boss Dan Meyer says, "She's actually one of our best performers."

Now others are in a hurry, to crown her the next big thing.

It's something that I'm not used to. I try not to go on the blogs and read it too much," Gwen says.

Even though Gwen swam in college, the road to London starts at the pool. Gwen admits, "Running is actually my strongest point. I was really never a good swimmer, so I've had to work hard at it."

Now she'll be on the same Olympic stage that she's dreamed about, since growing up in Waukesha.

"It didn't matter the sport, I just turned on TMJ4 and watched it all day," Gwen says.

Gwen finished second in an international triathlon, the best ever for a U.S. woman. She blushes at talk of a podium finish, or better yet, mining gold in London.

"That's a loaded question. The USA's ultimate goal is to get one or two on the podium in London," Gwen explains.

Gwen is one of several Olympians to attend Waukesha South. The most notable, Paul and Morgan Hamm. Gwen recently did a triathlon in London, on the same course she'll be competing on in London next summer.


Lance Allan

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Lance Allan joined TODAY'S TMJ4 in 1996. He attended Rice Lake High School, UW - Barron County, and UW - Madison.