We’re waiting on a number of bike sponsor announcements over the next little bit, but we can start 2024 off with the news that 2016 Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen will be riding a Canyon as she looks to try and make the US Olympic team for Paris this summer.
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In addition to her posts on social media, the American star made the announcement in a video she posted on her YouTube channel.
The Canyon Aeroad CFR will be equipped with Shimano components and HED wheels. Last year Jorgensen rode a Cannondale.
After winning Olympic gold in 2016, Jorgensen turned her sights to running in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Games in the marathon. She decided to make a comeback to triathlon, with the goal of competing in Paris, shortly after giving birth to her second child in October, 2022.
Jorgensen made an impressive return to racing with a third-place finish at her first race, the Oceania Triathlon Cup Taupo. She would go on to take a number of World Cup wins in Valencia, Karlovy Vary, Tongyeong and Vina del Mar, but has struggled to be as competitive in more competitive World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) events – she was lapped out of the race in Cagliari, finished 24th in Sunderland and took 43rd at the Championship Finals in Pontevedra.
She sits 29th in the World Triathlon Rankings, though, and is 40th in the Olympic rankings, which would be enough to get her to the Games in France were she representing many other countries, but she’s the sixth American in the standings. Three American women will likely qualify for the Games. Right now Taylor Knibb is the only woman who has guaranteed her spot for the team, which means Jorgensen remains very much in the running for a chance to compete this summer.