Waukesha native pumped to compete in Olympic Games
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WAUKESHA- Wisconsin native Gwen Jorgensen is excited to go to her first Olympic Games. She will compete in the triathlon in London. She's also giving back to the Milwaukee community.
With 57 days until the Olympics, good luck wishes are already pouring in for Jorgensen, who is a triathlete. "It's an incredible honor to be able to go to the Olympics. It's something that brings the entire world together," Jorgensen says.
She'll bring southeast Wisconsin together too, she's from Waukesha. Her family still lives there, and she says they helped her, be the athlete she is today.
"I never really dreamed of going to the Olympics. But, sports has always been a huge part of my life," Jorgensen says.
Her Olympic discovery made at UW-Madison. Now, she'll join a relatively new US Triathlon Team for the 2012 games.
"We're really trying to have a team that is solid to win more medals just to kinda build the sport," she says.
She's also trying to build better lives for kids from the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club by volunteering, and raising money through her sponsor, Citibank.
"That money is going to bike shop program which helps give kids who can't afford bikes, it helps give them bikes," Jorgensen says.
That money will be allocated between Jorgensen and 12 other Olympic athletes by the most online followers through Facebook, Twitter and Citibank.
"We will be able to help at least 100 kids afford a new bicycle - and that's part of Gwen's message," President of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee Vincent Lyles, says.