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Last November, fresh off a $60,000 win at the Island House Invitational Triathlon, Gwen Jorgensen headed to New York City for a blitz of media appearances. Here’s a peek at what was on her jam-packed itinerary.
“I train for triathlon, but I don’t train for media engagements and interviews. The week was a bit overwhelming, but I was able to participate in some amazing experiences that I’m sure I will be telling my children and grandchildren about.”
Arrived in NYC
Attended the Right to Play Big Red Ball. “This annual fundraiser supports Right to Play’s goal of educating and empowering youth in disadvantaged communities to overcome poverty.”
Went to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center for interviews with Telemundo’s morning show “Un Nuevo Dia” and NBC’s “First Look with Audrina Partridge,” which will air during NBC’s 2016 Olympic coverage.
Interview with the NBC Olympics social and digital research group
Lunch with a writer from TIME magazine
Met with fashion designer Gabriela Hearst. “I got to play dress-up in the most beautiful clothes I’ve ever tried on.”
Caught up with some writers from the Wall Street Journal
Met Olympics editors at Sports Illustrated office. “It was amazing to chat with someone who had covered 15 Olympic Games!”
Took a tour of 30 Rock and saw behind the scenes at “NBC Nightly News.” “I got to meet Lester Holt and sneak onto the ‘Saturday Night Live’ set!”
Went to Catch for dinner with sponsor Red Bull and manager
Did a photo shoot on Roosevelt Island with SELF magazine. “They had a trailer with food, showers, fashion designers, stylists and three lovely women who helped me get ready. One person did my hair, while another did my makeup and another gave me a manicure. It was like going to the spa.”
Attended a lunch (in honor of Jorgensen) at Gabriela Hearst’s home. “I chatted with Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, WSJ Magazine, W and more. This was the highlight of my NYC trip. Gabriela brought in a chef and we had an amazing lunch of lobster and champagne and a dessert of chocolate three ways. It was surreal. … I enjoyed connecting with these high-powered businesswomen in the fashion world.”
Met with Cosmopolitan magazine. “We talked about sport, life and how I am a normal person who eats chocolate and enjoys time with my friends.”
Dinner at vegetarian hot spot Beyond Sushi with husband Patrick
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hosted a workout at 24 Hour Fitness. “I met with Sports Business Journal, espnW, Yahoo Health, Us Weekly and others. I participated in a press conference and one-on-one interviews, then led a run, bike and core strength workout. My sponsors from Red Bull, Asics, Specialized and ROKA were there to support and hand out goodie bags.”
Photo shoot with Us Weekly. “We ended up doing the shoot on the rooftop of a building. It was an incredible backdrop with NYC in the background.”
On the car ride back to the hotel, did a pre-interview with NBC for the “Today” show.
Arrived at New York Athletic Club for a USA Triathlon Foundation fundraiser followed by an Italian dinner. “The USAT Foundation has been matching contributions to my scholarship the past two years, and this event spread the word about what they do.”
Breakfast with the USAT Foundation
Interview with Natalie Morales of the “Today” show
“After the interview, Natalie and I did a mini bike workout at NBC. She has done two triathlons, but hasn’t swum recently (so she isn’t currently signed up for one). I tried my best to convince her to do another and I hope to see her out racing in 2016. While at NBC I saw Seth Meyers and Ellie Golding. Pretty cool stuff! The NBC interview will air sometime around the Olympics.”
Headed to airport