2016 Rio Olympics

Rio 2016 Rewind: Gwen Jorgensen Runs To Team USA’s First Triathlon Olympic Gold

Rio 2016 Rewind: Gwen Jorgensen Runs To Team USA’s First Triathlon Olympic Gold

BY PEGGY SHINN | AUG. 20, 2016, 3:29 P.M. (ET)

RIO DE JANEIRO — In the past four years, Gwen Jorgensen has geared everything toward this one day.

After suffering a flat tire in the London 2012 Olympic Games triathlon and finishing 38th, she was determined to win gold in Rio.

Jorgensen, 30, gave her life over to triathlon, and soon, she was dominating the ITU World Triathlon Series, winning an unprecedented 12 races in a row — and 17 total.

In Rio, she simply had to stay upright — without any mechanicals — during the bike leg, and with her gazelle-like run, lope to the finish.

Or so most people thought.  (Click here to

Watch highlights of Gwen Jorgensen winning U.S.’ first triathlon gold medal
 by NBC Sports

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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