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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Ukraine Olympic champion auctions gold medals to support his country

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Sprint canoeist Yuriy Cheban, Ukraine’s most decorated male Olympian, is auctioning his two gold medals and one bronze medal to support his country’s defense and recovery efforts amid the war with Russia.

“It was one of the best moments of my life that can be compared only with the birth of my child,” Cheban posted specifically about his repeat 200m gold at his last Olympics in Rio in 2016. “This Olympic finish left a great memory forever in the world history and in the hearts of Ukraine.

“Time to move on, I would like these medals to benefit Ukrainians once again.”

Cheban, a 36-year-old who coached Ukraine canoeists at the Tokyo Games, took 500m bronze in 2008 before his 200m golds in 2012 and 2016, all in individual races.

He and boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko are the only men to win two Olympic gold medals for Ukraine, which began competing independently in 1994. Cheban is the only man to win three total Olympic medals for Ukraine, according to Olympedia.org.

Swimmer Yana Klochkova won the most medals for Ukraine — four golds and five total.

All proceeds from the sales will go to Ukraine’s Olympic Circle charity, according to SCP Auctions.

Olympic Circle was created by sportsmen to help Mykolaiv, a city in southern Ukraine, fight Russian occupants, according to SCP.

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Alpine skiing TV, live stream schedule for 2022-23 World Cup season

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NBC Sports and Peacock combine to air live coverage of the 2022-23 Alpine skiing season, including races on the World Cup, which starts this weekend.

Coverage begins with the traditional season-opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, this Saturday and Sunday, streaming live on Peacock.

The first of four stops in the U.S. — the most in 26 years — is Thanksgiving weekend with a women’s giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vermont. The men’s tour visits Beaver Creek, Colorado the following week, as well as Palisades Tahoe, California, and Aspen, Colorado after worlds in Courchevel and Meribel, France.

NBC Sports platforms will broadcast all four U.S. stops in the Alpine World Cup season, plus four more World Cups in other ski and snowboard disciplines. All Alpine World Cups in Austria will stream live on Peacock.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who last year won her fourth World Cup overall title, is the headliner. Shiffrin, who has 74 career World Cup race victories, will try to close the gap on the only Alpine skiers with more: Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Shiffrin won an average of five times per season the last three years and is hopeful of racing more often this season.

On the men’s side, 25-year-old Swiss Marco Odermatt returns after becoming the youngest man to win the overall, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, since Marcel Hirscher won the second of his record eight in a row in 2013.

2022-23 Alpine Skiing World Cup Broadcast Schedule
Schedule will be added to as the season progresses. All NBC Sports TV coverage also streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Date Coverage Network/Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 Women’s GS (Run 1) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 Men’s GS (Run 1) — Soelden Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden Peacock 7 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Women’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 6 a.m.
Women’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Men’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4:15 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 Men’s DH — Lake Louise (PPD) Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 Women’s GS (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 Women’s SL (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek CNBC, Peacock 4 p.m.*
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 4 Women’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 1 p.m.
Men’s SG — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*

*Delayed broadcast.

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