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Gwen Jorgensen Won America's First Olympic Triathlon Gold Medal

Gwen Jorgensen Won America's First Olympic Triathlon Gold Medal

Team USA made history and broke records like crazy this Olympics, and we have yet another victory to celebrate. Gwen Jorgensen became the first American to win gold in the triathlon event on Saturday, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:56:16 — a breezy 40 seconds ahead of the silver medalist, Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, and 45 seconds ahead of the bronze medalist, Vicky Holland of Great Britain.

For Jorgensen, this Olympic victory has a redemptive theme: In the 2012 Olympics — her first — she was essentially knocked out of the race when she got a flat tire during the cycling stage and came in 38th. Jorgensen harnessed the moment and turned it into a deliberate turning point in her career: She moved abroad for nine months of each year for the past three to train in Australia and Spain.

And it looks like it paid off, because today's not the first time she's made history since the London Games: In 2014, Jorgensen won four World Triathlon Series races in a row — the first woman to ever do so. And she just kept on winning all the way through 2015, with 13 consecutive wins by the end of the year and her name on the titles for the 2014 and 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series Championships. USA Today called her streak "arguably the most dominant stretch" in triathlon history — and today's win is the ultimate payoff for her years of hard work.

The triathlon event is relatively new to the Olympics — it was first included in 2000 — and Susan Williams, who took silver at the 2004 Athens Games, was the last American to medal in the sport.

Congrats to Jorgensen on her exciting win!

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