Gwen Jorgensen today became the first American triathlete to win gold at an Olympic Games. After a flat tyre at London 2012 led to a 38th-place finish, Gwen had clocked up a record 12 out of 12 wins on the ITU circuit, with the 2014 and 2015 ITU World Championship titles both heading to the 30-year-old’s trophy cabinet. And now the Rio Olympic title is hers.
After the race in Rio, Gwen talked about her epic duel with Nicola Spirig in Rio, what was said between the two on the run, and the support of the Wollongong Wizards…
ON WHAT WAS SAID TO SPIRIG
Me and Nicola were playing a few games and not wanting to take the lead into the headwind. On the run, we were talking about ‘you take a turn, I’ve taken a turn.’ She said to me that she’s already got an Olympic gold medal, which is fair enough as she now has two and I only have one!
[USAT Recruitment Program Coordinator] Barbara Lindquist came to me and said I could be an Olympian. I didn’t believe that as my passion was swimming and I wanted to go to the Olympics with that. It was a shock to me qualifying for London 2012, but I’ve had a lot of support by a lot of people throughout.