Gwen Jorgensen

Gwen Jorgensen still winning during triathlon offseason

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Gwen Jorgensen hasn’t slowed too much since completing the most dominant season in World Triathlon Series history.

Jorgensen, crowned World champion on Aug. 30, married Oct. 4, one day after sharing a bike ride with her fiance, a former professional cyclist. It started snowing 15km into the ride, which lasted much longer than the wedding at Rivers Eatery in Cable, Wis., population 825. They didn’t ask for a cake, but received one in three tiers for the reception anyway, and danced to Irish rockers Molly and the Danger Band.

Jorgensen then returned to her Minnesota home and won her division in local cyclocross and gravel bike races later that month.

She completed a 50km gravel race — The Filthy 50 — in 2 hours, 48 minutes, 11 seconds, on Oct. 12. Search the results, and you’ll find her under a different name — Gwen Lemieux — and 23 spots below her husband, Pat Lemieux, who crossed in 2:33:47.

Jorgensen spent much of last week in New York, in search of another victory. She found it at the Dash to the Finish Line 5K in Manhattan on Saturday, ending at the same Central Park line as the New York City Marathon would a day later.

Jorgensen covered 3.1 miles in 16:03, beating a field that included a 2008 British Olympic 1500m runner.

She’s next expected to race a triathlon in the Bahamas on Sunday. She’ll return to her winter training base, in Australia, for camp beginning Jan. 4.

Jorgensen’s goal last season was simply to improve her swim and bike. She is a former All-America cross-country and track runner at the University of Wisconsin.

She ended up winning five straight World Triathlon Series events this year, capped by the Grand Final in Edmonton on Aug. 30. No man or woman had ever before won four straight events in the series’ history, which dates to 2009.

Next season, Jorgensen will focus on Rio Olympic qualification. She made her first Olympic team in 2012, two years after leaving an Ernst & Young accounting job to take up triathlon. She finished 38th in London, her hopes punctured by a flat tire before she could hit her specialty, the 10km run.

Jorgensen knows the pressure and media attention will increase as the Olympics near. No U.S. man or woman has won an Olympic triathlon gold medal since the sport debuted at Sydney 2000.

She sought advice on dealing with that from one of the greatest triathletes of all time, Australian Emma Snowsill. Snowsill is the only woman to win three World Championships, plus she took Olympic gold in 2008.

They chatted over drinks following Jorgensen’s World Series victory in Hamburg on July 12, days after Snowsill announced her retirement.

Also in Hamburg, Jorgensen met another budding triathlete, 2004 U.S. Olympic 1500m runner Alan Webb. Webb and Jorgensen were both once coached in running by Jerry Schumacher.

“It’s really interesting to hear his perspective,” Jorgensen said of Webb, who at 31 also harbors hopes of making the 2016 Olympics. “He’s trying to pick my brain on how to get into the sport. It’s exciting to see that enthusiasm.”

Jorgensen, 28, said a question she is often asked is if she would ever do an Ironman triathlon — swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. The Olympic triathlon is a .93-mile swim, 25-mile bike and 6.2-mile run.

“I never really think about Ironman,” Jorgensen said. “It’s not something that I envision myself doing. I’m not going to say I’m never going to do it, because you never say never, but I also see myself possibly getting into marathon running.”

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Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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