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    Gwen Jorgensen, the first American to win back-to-back world triathlon titles, could have been an accountant. Vans Old Skool Rebajas .She gave up on her Olympic dream as a teenager when she realized she couldnt swim fast enough and decided shed go to college.She spent three years on the swim team at Wisconsin, where she was an All-American and Big Ten track champion, and would parlay her masters degree and CPA into a job at Ernst & Young upon graduation.Then she got a call from Barb Lindquist, at one time the worlds top-ranked triathlete and a former Olympian. She told Jorgensen that she, too, could be a world-class triathlete if she took up biking and dedicated herself to the sport.Jorgensen thought back to her childhood dreams of being the next Amy Van Dyken or Brooke Bennett.I was glued to the TV when they had Olympic trials on like they have now. It was just something that I really loved, Jorgensen said.But I came to the realization at a relatively young age, in high school, that I would never go to the Olympics in swimming. I just wasnt good enough. I wasnt making any national teams. I wasnt even making junior national teams.So, I just thought I would never be an Olympian. And then when the USA Triathlon approached me, one of the first things they said was, `You could be an Olympian. And I was shocked. I basically laughed at them. I said, `No, I tried than when I was younger and I basically dont have what it takes.She gave it a shot in 2010 and realized Lindquist was right, she was a natural and her Olympic dream was back -- even if triathlon as a sport wasnt that familiar to her. But she was hooked in no time and a few years later qualified for the London Games, where she was a favorite.Thats where the wheel came off.A flat tire doomed her to a 38th-place finish and fed her fire to make amends in Rio de Janeiro.Every race is completely different and thats something that I like about the sport, you go into the triathlon and you have no idea what could happen on race day and you have to be prepared for anything, which I think really makes it a hard race, Jorgensen said.Throw in the massive hype, crowds and logistics at the Olympics and its even more unpredictable.Every race is different and the Olympics are more different, said Jorgensen, who is a heavy favorite in the womens race Aug. 20 at Copa Cabana Beach, where the mens race will be held Aug. 18.Jorgensen, whos from Waukesha, Wisconsin, has 17 career wins and 21 medals on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit. The sports two-time defending world champion, she had an unprecedented unbeaten streak stretching from May 2014 to April 2016 that produced a dozen consecutive first-place finishes.To ensure maximum energy and optimal condition for Brazil, Jorgensen eased up on her competition schedule this year and participated in races that were closer to her training base in Victoria-Gasteiz, Spain.I have one goal this year and that is the Rio Olympics on Aug. 20, Jorgensen declared.Other things to know about triathlon at the Rio Games:SPEED BUMPThe 1,500-meter swim, a 24.9-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run on Copa Cabana Beach features a challenging hill thats sure to slow the competitors and could tucker them out.The course is really good. Its tough, said Jorgensen, who qualified for Rio by winning the triathlon test event on Aug. 2 on the course. Theres a big hill on the bike and I think that makes it an honest course and everyone is going to be tired. Its going to be interesting to see how quickly you run after ... that really hard bike ride.ALL TIED UPA photo finish at the London Games led to Swedens failed attempt to have the Court of Arbitration for Sport rule the womens triathlon a dead heat. CAS said the photo finish ruling was a field of play decision by the International Triathlon Union and couldnt be challenged.That left Lisa Norden with a silver medal and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland with the gold. Spirig and Norden finished side by side and were given the same time at the end of the race, but officials ruled Spirig crossed the tape first.THE RESTSarah True and Katie Zaferes join Jorgensen on the U.S. team, which is by far the best in the world. Americans Greg Billington, Ben Kanute and Joe Maloy are longshots in the mens race, where Spain sports the worlds top triathletes in Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza, currently 1-2 in the ITU World Triathlon Series rankings.MENS MISFORTUNE: Five-time triathlon world champion Javier Gomez Noya will miss the Olympics after breaking his arm during training on July 13. The Spanish triathlon federation said Gomez Noya fell while riding his bicycle on July 13. The 33-year-old Gomez Noya won the ITU world championship in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was the Olympic silver medalist in London in 2012 and placed fourth at the 2008 Beijing Games. Vans Sk8 Hi Mujer . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Nike Vapormax España . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. . -- The goal posts lying flat on the field, Arizonas fans lingered on the field, congregating around the locker room entrance nearly 30 minutes after rushing out of the stands.Arsene Wenger believes Hector Bellerin signing a new long-term contract shows that Arsenal are not a selling club. The 21-year-old, who has excelled for the Gunners since breaking into the side in 2014, committed his future to the club on Monday.Bellerin, who is currently out with an ankle injury, moved to Arsenal in 2011 having come through the youth system at Barcelona, who he had joined as an eight-year-old. Barcelona have been linked with a move to re-sign Bellerin, with club vice-president Jordi Mestre describing him as a great player, but Wenger believes the Spaniards contract extension shows that Arsenal will not let go of their best players without a fight.Wenger said: It just sends out the message that the media have to find a different name of somebody who wants to leave the club. Hector Bellerin committed his future to Arsenal on Monday Overall, I think it shows that the players we have educated here are committed. That is what we want.When you give young boys a chance to play in the first team, you want them to commit to the club and that is an important quality we have at this club.So we are very happy when they commit. An update on the fitness of Arsenals players for their Champions League group game against PSG. Vans Old Skool Baratas. . Arsenal have already sealed their qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League and can win the Group A with a game to spare if they beat Paris Saint-Germain - who also have 10 points - at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price! We have done the job in a convincing way. It is a luxury to be qualified after four games, Wenger said. If we finish the job after five games that will mean we will have done the job really well.Last year we had to battle until the end. Santi Cazorla is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury Wenger expects to have Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey available after the pair missed training on Tuesday.Spanish forward Lucas Perez is inching closer to a return from an ankle injury after resuming individual training this week but his compatriot Santi Cazorla remains out with an Achilles problem.Speaking about Cazorla, Wenger said: It looks to me that he is making good progress but he is not full-time training - its inflammation at the back of his Achilles. It will be two weeks before he is back. Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4! Also See: Wenger: Sanchez is remarkable Importance of Bellerin Charlies CL predictions VOTE: Goals of the week Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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