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Reigning Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen leaves triathlon for marathon

Taren Gesell

Since 2010, Gwen Jorgensen has been known as a top female athlete in triathlon after being named USA Triathlon's Rookie of the Year. She placed 2nd in the 2011 World Championship Series in London, earning a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic triathlon team. In the following years, she wracked up countless podium finishes in the World Triathlon Series before winning Gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She had a baby in early 2017 and later in the year, Jorgensen announced she'd be retiring from triathlon and focusing on marathon running -- with an aim to win Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020.

On today's episode of the Triathlon Taren podcast, we talk to Gwen and her partner Patrick Lemieux (with some commentary from their son Stanley) about Gwen's transition out of triathlon and into running, her laser focus on Olympic gold, and how Taren put his foot in his mouth on his YouTube channel when Gwen first announced she was moving to marathon running.

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Taren Gesell
Taren Gesell

"Triathlon Taren" Gesell is founder of MOTTIV and one of the world's top experts on helping adults become endurance athletes later in life. Best known for his YouTube channel and podcast Taren is the author of the Triathlon Foundations series of books and has been published featured in endurance publications around the world.

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