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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.

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