On November 7, 2017 USA’s Gwen Jorgensen announced her retirement from competing in the sport of triathlon to instead pursue a new dream - to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon.
Over the seven years that Jorgensen has raced at the ITU level, she has swam, biked and ran her way into the history books. She pushed herself to become one of the strongest women to ever toe the start line with 25 gold medals and 37 podium finishes throughout her career. She earned multiple ITU triathlon records such as the only woman to win a world title after a perfect undefeated WTS season, to hold onto a 12-race WTS winning streak and to win the Olympic test event and then the Olympic gold medal the following year. She is the 2015 WTS World Champion, the 2016 Mixed Team Relay World Champion and the 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist.
After her victory in Rio Olympics, Gwen changed completely her routines and her priorities. She moved to a new city and gave birth to her first child, Stanley. As she explained, “my time away from triathlon allowed me to reflect and set new goals”, and new goals she has: competing for the Olympic Gold Medal in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Her success on the triathlon course changed the pathway of the sport outside of the course. She elevated the game in women’s triathlon, pushing participation and equality as well as redefining what it means to be a three-discipline triathlete. While we have loved every moment that Jorgensen has raced in ITU competitions over the years, we wish her the best of luck pursuing her next dream, and we are sure that the triathlon family will be cheering for her during the Marathon in Tokyo 2020.
In celebration of her career and all of the impressive accomplishments that she has shown in her years competing in ITU and triathlon, we look back at some of her most iconic moments in the sport from over the years.
Tiszaujvaros 2011 - First ITU World Cup Win
San Diego 2013 - First WTS Win
Yokohama 2014 - First WTS win that started her 12 WTS winning streak
Chicago 2015 - Wins First World Championship Title
Hamburg 2016 - Was part of the first U.S. team to win the Team Mixed Relay World Championship title
Rio de Janeiro 2016 - Wins Olympic Gold Medal