Episode 133: Nancy and Elizabeth Jorgensen – Mother and Sister of 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Gwen Jorgensen

Today we have Nancy and Elizabeth Jorgensen on the show. Nancy is the mother of 2016 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist, Gwen Jorgensen. Elizabeth is Gwen’s sister. Together, they have written two books and the most recent book about Gwen’s career is called Gwen Jorgensen: USA’s First Olympic Gold Medal Triathlete. It is for young adult readers and their hope was to write a story of a female athlete who has big goals and went after them. In this episode, we talk about what it was like to parent a very high achieving child and to be the sister of a very talented and driven athlete.

Elizabeth is an English teacher and Nancy has also written several books.

What we talked about:

5:00- Gwen’s childhood

10:15- Not putting pressure on Gwen to succeed in sport

12:45- Realizing Gwen’s potential

15:45- Gwen’s drive

23:20- Mindset

27:05- Gwen going back to triathlon

30:00- Hopes for the book

34:00- Finding community in sport

39:20- Sibling rivalries

45:45- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

Gwen Jorgensen: USA’s First Olympic Gold Medal Triathlete

Here is a link to purchased signed copies: https://www.booksco.com/signed-copy-gwen-jorgensen

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For author visits, email nancy.l.jorgensen@gmail.com or elizabeth.jorgensen@gmail.com  

Websites: lizjorgensen.weebly.com and nancyjorgensen.weebly.com

Go: Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold 

Elizabeth’s teaching book: Hacking Student Learning Habits 

Elizabeth’s Korean poetry book: Sijo: Korea’s Poetry Form

Nancy’s choral education book: Things They Never Taught You in Choral Methods

On Twitter: @LyzaJo and @NancyJorgensen

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