Waukesha triathlete getting ready to represent USA in 2012 Olympic Games
WTMJ News Team
Cody Holyoke reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
WAUKESHA- A local triathlete is getting ready to represent our country in the Olympics.
Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen earned herself a spot in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Her friends and co-workers here in Wisconsin want to make sure this adventure goes off without a hitch.
Be it swimming, running, or biking Gwen Jorgensen has what it takes to be an Olympian. The triathlete is now ranked 11th in the world and has the opportunity of a lifetime.
"It's kind of crazy to think about, and it's exciting. I just try to go into every race and have fun, and I'm just blessed with incredible support," Jorgensen told TODAY'S TMJ4.
That support comes from family and her co-workers. She balances strenuous practice with a job as a tax accountant. Her bosses hosted a fundraiser to help with the costs associated with being a full-time athlete.
Mark Hellmer is a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP and he said, "We kind of put something together to both help her family get over to the games, as well as allowing her spending money and other things that she'll need."
Gwen's family can't wait for the chance to see the woman represent Wisconsin and the US in London.
Though they believe Gwen's being a bit too modest about her success.
Gwen's sister Elizabeth can't wait for her sister to compete in the Olympics, telling TODAY'S TMJ4, "It's very exciting, and Gwen's like 'oh, yeah, I'm going to the Olympics' and it's like you're going to the Olympics!!! (Laugh)"
As the summer nears and the achievement sinks in, Gwen Jorgensen tells TODAY'S TMJ4 she'll be ready to hit the ground running come next year.
"I'm going to prepare to the best of my ability with the help of coaches, friends, and family.. and have fun!" said Jorgensen.
There's a lot of work for Gwen before her time in London. She'll be training in Florida this winter, then it's a race every month until she makes her olympic debut.