Minnesota's Jorgensen qualifies for 2016 Olympics with triathlon win


Gwen Jorgensen's victory at a Rio de Janeiro triathlon Sunday earned her a trip – back to the Brazil city a year from now, to compete in the 2016 Olympics

The 29-year-old – who now lives in St. Paul, but is a Waukesha, Wisconsin, native – took first place at the ITU World Olympic Qualification Event with a time of 1:58:46, Team USA's website says.

With the win, Jorgensen becomes the first Minnesota resident to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, the Star Tribune notes. She and teammate Sarah True, who finished fourth in the event, are the first to make the USA triathlon team.

Jorgensen has been a dominant figure in the triathlon world since her disappointing 38th-place finish in the 2012 London Olympics, NBC Olympic Talk notes. She's got 11 straight wins on the International Triathlon Union World Series circuit – a record for women and men, the site says.

A fun fact: Jorgensen is a former Ernst & Young accountant, NBC says.

She went to college at the University of Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Jorgensen has a blog too, which you can read by clicking here.

Next Up

Byron Buxton

Alex Colomé wastes Buxton's diving catch, clutch bomb

The Twins' bullpen woes continued in a loss to the A's.

Northern Metals

Firefighters battling large blaze at Northern Metal site in Minneapolis

The fire sent a plume of thick smoke into the skyline.

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 12.10.00 PM

Charges: St. Cloud woman maced, fatally stabbed man in alley

A 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital 32 minutes after the 911 call was made.


Gasthof's building in Northeast Minneapolis is for sale

The restaurant opened in 1992 and has been closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


1 dead in single-vehicle crash in Kandiyohi County

Deaths on Minnesota roads are up approximately 20% from the same point last year.

Irwin Jacobs home

Neighbor sues to block estate from dividing billionaire's Lake Minnetonka property

The estate of Irwin Jacobs wants to build six new homes on the late businessman's property.


In the better burger battle, does Culver's trump In-N-Out?

A website says Culver's is far superior to In-N-Out.

George Floyd mural

Darnella Frazier, who filmed the video of Floyd's arrest, reacts to guilty verdict

Frazier's video challenged the initial narrative of Floyd's arrest presented by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Burnsville police shooting

Man fatally shot by police near I-35W in Burnsville is identified

The suspect killed in the incident is from western Wisconsin.