If you have ever felt like the average individual who would like to take life to the next level? Have you felt like you needed a little motivation to push yourself forward? If so, this story of an average athlete turning Olympic Gold Medalist will be the perfect book to read for inspiration. In this article, we are celebrating a woman who made great undertakings – triathlete, Olympian, Gold Medalist; Gwen Jorgensen. 

Gwen’s mother, Nancy, and sister, Elizabeth, share their families’ expedition to Olympic Gold.  You see, Gwen wasn’t much different from many. In the beginning, her accomplishments in the athletic world were not outstanding, but her desire and discipline to reach her Olympic gold goals was!

Gwen’s hard work took her from average to Olympic success. During her triathlon career, she became the first American woman to win a World Triathlon Series event, the first person in history to win 12 consecutive races on the ITU circuit, and the first American triathlete, man or woman, to win an Olympic Gold Medal. 

In Go, Gwen, Go, Nancy and Elizabeth let you to see inside the anti-doping, professional coaching, international travel, sponsor funding, athletic nutrition, and Olympic training world.  You will experience not only the professional life, but also the personal life of an athlete where there is growth and bonding.

If you enjoy inspirational life stories especially those that involve sports, you will love Go, Gwen, Go!   


Nancy Jorgensen has co-written two choral education books, Things They Never Taught You In Choral Methods and From The Trenches: Real Insights From Real Choral Educators. She recently retired after 35 years teaching choral music in Wisconsin and now writes, pursues collaborative piano opportunities, and spends time with daughters Elizabeth and Gwen and grandson Stanley. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Prime Number Magazine, Smith Magazine, Cagibi, and Coffin Bell.

Elizabeth Jorgensen is a Wisconsin high school English teacher published in Azalea (Harvard University), The Wisconsin English Journal, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Named Carroll University’s Graduate of the Last Decade, she presents at conferences including National Council of Teachers of English, Wisconsin State Reading Association, and National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. When she’s not teaching or writing, she can be found working out, watching Bravo with her dog, or playing violin.

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