The road to gold had a stop along the way at the Wisconsin School of Business.
The triathlon consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. In the London Olympics in 2012, Jorgensen’s chance at a medal disappeared when she had a flat tire in the bike portion. She finished 38th.
After that, she focused on training full-time. She left her job at EY in Milwaukee to train and compete internationally. Now, after winning gold, she says she hasn’t made plans yet for the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
“I’ve had a four-year plan, and I’m definitely a planner,” Jorgensen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, adding that once that goal was met, she didn’t even have a plan for the day after the race. “So wait and find out.”
Read a UW Athletics recap of Gwen Jorgensen’s gold-medal triumph.
Read a profile of Gwen Jorgensen that appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of On Wisconsin.