Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen started her Olympic season with a sixth place finish Saturday in the Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup.
Two years ago, the race served as Jorgensen's first triathlon and the launching point for her success in the multi-discipline sport. A standout swimmer and runner at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Jorgensen found instant success in triathlon and earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
Saturday, though, she trailed the lead pack after the bike stage,and closed to within a minute of the winner Kathy Tremblay, of Canada. Tremblay finished in 1:01:01.
Jarrod Shoemaker, another member of the U.S. Olympic triathlon team, won the men's race in Clermont,in 56 minutes and 4 seconds over the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run.