June 6, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Wisconsin women's track and field athlete Gwen Jorgensen was named as the United States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Month for May for her back-to-back gold medals in the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series last month.
Jorgensen, a native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, successfully defended her WTS title in Yokohama, Japan, on May 17 thanks to time of 33:43 in the 10,000 meters to win the event by almost 40 seconds. Two weeks later, Jorgensen claimed victory at London's Hyde Park, earning her fifth World Triathlon Series title, which ties her for the most series wins in history with Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt and Paula Findlay.
After her successful showing in May, Jorgensen moves to the top position in the world rankings.
A 2009 graduate of Wisconsin, Jorgensen started her career at Wisconsin on the swim team before switching to the track. Jorgensen's 5000 meters time of 15:52.19 ranks fifth in program history, while her 10,000 meters time of 33:338.38 ranks ninth on the school's all-time list.