Looking back at the top 10 athletes from the last decade: #7

As part of firstoffthebike.com’s countdown to its merge with TriathlonWorld.com, they are counting down the top 10 athletes they have seen in the 10 years they have been covering triathlon.

| February 13, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Gwen Jorgensen came, saw and conquered over the past few seasons. With the ITU at an all time high in terms of available talent, Jorgensen was, and is, the quintessential master of the racing scene. Jorgensen made all the others look like the chasers they were as she put together a CV that reads like the stuff of legends. Her wins all over the world began in August, 2014 at the Grand Final in Edmonton. That set the fuse alight as Jorgensen literally ran rampant around the world. The Jorgensen run leg is seemingly unstoppable. The triathlon world waited for her bubble to burst, but it never happened. Heading into the Olympic games there were a few who still doubted she could pull off a run of form not seen since the epic battle days of Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes.

Our Take

The Olympic Games were the final exclamation point on a body of work that labels Jorgensen as arguably the best that has ever raced in the ITU realm. The wins stack up and her MO never changed each race. Everyone in the Olympic village knew what to expect race day. Get away from Jorgensen because she simply runs too fast. Well no matter what people tried, Jorgensen shut down a crack field and ran across the line as the rightful Olympic gold medallist and ITU Immortal. She sits as as a once in a generation athlete.