Talented Jorgensen tackling triathlons

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Jorgensen_Gwen_NCAA_Reg_09_Blog.jpgA year removed from her final season competing for the Badgers, former UW All-American Gwen Jorgensen remains a competitor. She won the won the Crazylegs Classic in Madison a month ago -- in record time -- and has been training to compete in triathlons.

In fact, she's done more than just train for the the three-event competition that blends swimming, running and cycling. Recruited by USA Triathlon to take up the sport, she already has achieved elite status based on her performance at the USAT Elite Development Race held in Clermont, Fla., in March.

Now, she's heading to the World University Triathlon Championships, which is set for Sunday in Valencia, Spain. The competition, sponsored by the International University Sports Federation, consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run.

Jorgensen is one of five women on the 10-person U.S. team for the event, which is being contested to Olympic standards.

A swimmer for the Badgers before making the transition to cross country and track, Jorgensen seemingly has two-thirds of the triathlon game figured out, and she is training on the cycling end of things with the Team GEARGRINDER cycling club.

Tom Held of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught up with Jorgensen to profile her transition from track to triathlon. You also can read the full release on the World University Championships from USA Triathlon and, if your Spanish is good enough, check out the meet's home page.

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