Carrie sits down with Olympic Gold Medalist Gwen Jorgensen, her sister Elizabeth, and her mom Nancy! They chat about their new book “Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold,” as well as Gwen’s career, the process of writing the book, what they’re up to now, and much more!
Recorded September 12, 2020
An accountant turned “Queen of Triathlon.”
Since she won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Gwen Jorgensen has captivated fans of running—in part because during that golden performance, she pulled away throughout the run segment of the event and had the fastest split of the day for the 10K. In 2017, Jorgensen announced she was giving up the “comfort” of triathlon dominance to pursue a bold new goal: Win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon. Her announcement came just months after giving birth to her son Stanley.
Jorgensen has husband and chef (and former pro cyclist) Patrick Lemieux by her side and they work seamlessly as a team. One of his top priorities? Helping his wife fuel her training, especially during the nine months she spent breastfeeding and listening to her body, as she worked herself back into shape. Gwen is a relatable and accessible working mom who is continuing to inspire on her new journey with her family’s support every step of the way.
Elizabeth Jorgensen is a writer and teacher. Her memoir, Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold is available now (Meyer & Meyer Sport, 2019). She hopes you’ll buy it from a local bookseller. Elizabeth is an avid Real Housewives and sijo (a Korean form of poetry) fan; she also loves working out with her trainer, Ryan Bloor at Right Body Fitness. Learn more on her website: lizjorgensen.weebly.com
Nancy Jorgensen is a retired Wisconsin public high school choir director. She co-authored her 2019 memoir, Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey To Olympic Gold (Meyer and Meyer Sport) with her daughter Elizabeth. She is also a collaborative pianist and enjoys spending time with her children and grandson. Her favorite pastimes are reading, playing medieval music, baking and working with textiles.