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From newbie to No. 1 in the world

Gwen Jorgensen took a chance on a new sport in 2010 and never looked back

Updated: June 7, 2013, 8:36 PM ET
By Jene Shaw | Triathlete.com

Gwen Jorgensen's triathlon career started with a phone call.

Barb Lindquist, the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Coordinator, was looking for promising single-sport athletes to join her development program, an initiative to grow the U.S.'s potential for future Olympians. As both a swimmer and runner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jorgensen doubly fit the bill.

At first, Jorgensen was hesitant about talking to Lindquist. She wanted nothing ...

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