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Gwen Jorgensen set to return to running marathons

2016 Olympic gold medalist gets new coach

Photo by: Nils Nilsen

In a video posted on her YouTube channel, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen says she’s going back to the marathon and will be leaving the Bowerman Track Club to start working with coach Bobby McGee.

“I’ve been working with Bobby since 2010 or 2011, he helped me with my run-specific training all throughout triathlon,”Jogensen said. “He’s also a sports psych, so I’ve been working on that with him and also some drills while I’ve been working with Jerry (Schumacher). Bobby knows me really well and I know him really well and I’m super excited about that endeavor.”

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Jorgensen is a two-time Olympian as a triathlete. After a running and swimming career at the University of Wisconsin from 2005 to 2009, Jorgensen was recruited by USA Triathlon and had become an Olympian in just a few years. (Somewhere in all that mix she also managed to get a Masters degree in accounting, too.) She finished 38th at the Olympics in London, then went on to win gold in Rio in 2016. She won the 2015 World Triathlon Series thanks to an undefeated WTS season that year, and had a 12-race WTS winning streak going at one point.

After giving birth to son Stanley in 2017, Jorgensen announced that she would be moving from triathlon to running and would try to represent the United States in the marathon in Tokyo, joining theĀ Bowerman Track Club. After heel surgery, though, she found herself unable to recover quickly enough for the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Team Trials, so turned her focus to the track instead, competing in the 5,000 and 10,000 m events.

Jorgensen says she’ll be gearing up for a marathon later this year.