Jorgensen Writes a YA book, to be Released October 3rd

Jorgensen Writes a YA book, to be Released October 3rd

Gwen Jorgensen is an American distance runner and former professional triathlete. G. Jorgensen won the gold medal in the triathlon at the 2016 summer olympic games—and G. Jorgensen is sister to Elizabeth Jorgensen, an AHS English teacher. 


E. Jorgensen published her first book Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold in 2019. It is a family memoir.


According to the Amazon book description, “Narrated in alternating voices by mother Nancy and sister Elizabeth, Go, Gwen, Go: A Midwest Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold is an inspiring story about Olympian Gwen Jorgensen and her family. This memoir introduces readers to a young woman of modest athletic achievements who uses desire and discipline to attain the ultimate in sport: the Olympic gold. Readers will enter the secret world of Olympic training, professional coaching, international travel, sponsor funding, anti-doping requirements, athlete nutrition, and sports physiotherapy. This book will take them inside the personal life of a professional athlete, complete with family crises and holiday celebrations. In this inspiring story, Gwen Jorgensen and her family grow together, from average to Olympian.”


You can purchase Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold in 2019 through this link. It is also available in the AHS Library.


E. Jorgensen said, “After Go, Gwen, Go was done, my sister really wanted to write a book with a message that could inspire young girls. Gwen Jorgensen and I, along with our mom, Nancy Jorgensen, then wrote Gwen Jorgensen: USA’s First Olympic Gold Medal Triathlete. It is published by the same publisher as Go, Gwen, Go—Meyer & Meyer Sport.”


Gwen Jorgensen: USA’s First Olympic Gold Medal Triathlete is about how to use discipline and desire to achieve your dreams. The book also explains what goes into being an olympic athlete. 


“…inspiring to all.” -Flora Duffy, 2020 Olympic gold medalist, Triathlon


“…emanates inspiration.” -Alexi Pappas, 2016 Olympian and author of Bravey


“…there is so much to be gleaned…” -Taylor Knibb, 2020 Olympic medalist, Triathlon


“This may have been written for young adults, but anyone of any age will finish the book deeply inspired to pursue their goals—big or small—with passion and heart.” -Liza Wiemer, award-winning author of The Assignment


E. Jorgensen said, “We are hoping teachers want to use this book to inspire their students. We are also offering no fee author talks to classrooms, school groups and sports teams. We also have a free Educator’s Guide. If an educator is interested in any of these things, they should email me or contact me through my website.”


Gwen Jorgensen: USA’s First Olympic Gold Medal Triathlete takes you through the life of Gwen all the way from when she was little in elementary school to when she was gearing up to take her mark in the olympics. The book takes you through what she did in school and sports to prepare for that day and then what during the race that makes her be the first USA gold medal triathlete. 


According to the Amazon description, “It is a story of disappointment, failure, change, growth, and accomplishment. This book explores themes of personal discovery, risk-taking, goal-setting, and team-building and is sure to inspire all young readers to reach for their own dreams.”


The book releases Oct. 3rd, 2022 and E. Jorgensen hopes you will give it a read.