Polar, a specialist in wearable sports and fitness technology for nearly 40 years, has welcomed 2016 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medallist and two-time ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen to the team. A 17-time winner of ITU World Triathlon Series events, Jorgensen joins Polar’s growing team of running and endurance athletes including Molly Huddle, Kate Grace and Mirinda Carfrae. As part of a sponsorship agreement, Polar’s Smart Coaching and reliable metrics-based guidance will support Jorgensen as she aims to reach her next athletic accomplishments.
“If I’ve learned anything while training for the Olympics, it’s that I can condition myself for greatness,” says Gwen Jorgensen. “You have to put in the work, believe you can do it, and stay focused to make your goals happen. Physical and mental training is a major part of that conditioning, and I look to Polar to help me drive my performance every day to reach those goals. Having reliable feedback and data, not only about my performance but also about my overall health and well-being, is extremely valuable and helps me make those daily incremental improvements to be a better athlete.”
“Polar has a rapidly growing roster of professional athletes who use and trust our products to guide them to reach excellence,” says Stan Brajer, Senior Vice President of US Sales and Marketing. “We excel at looking at the entire athlete’s profile and providing guidance, which is why Olympic athletes like Gwen are turning to Polar to drive their performance even further. We go beyond providing reliable training metrics by also considering mental, physical, and emotional aspects, providing a holistic approach to athletic performance and well-being.
“Just as our professional athletes rely on Polar, we also look to them to gain even more performance insights to help us continue improving products and provide the best experience for athletes at all levels.”
Polar continues to develop products that encompass the entire athlete experience. Polar V800, in addition to an array of other Polar connected products, features Polar’s unique Smart Coaching features and adaptive training plans in Polar Flow for web or iOS and Android. Smart Coaching features such as Training Load offer athletes insights into how particular training sessions impact their body, so users can recognize personal limits and adjust training intensity and duration accordingly.
Recovery Status allows users to view how much recovery time is needed after a particularly strenuous session, and Training Benefit provides motivating feedback immediately after training sessions and describes the effect of the session. For those looking to integrate running into their daily lives, Polar’s personalized and adaptive Running Program aims to help athletes train for everything from a 5k to a marathon, with a plan tailored to each user and their specific goals.
Less than two years after Gwen began professionally racing triathlon, she qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. In 2013, Gwen made history as the first American woman to win an ITU WTS race. She won four consecutive WTS events during the 2014 season, a feat no other female triathlete in the world had ever achieved. Gwen was undefeated between May 2014 to April 2016, during which time she earned an unprecedented 12 consecutive wins on the ITU WTS circuit and qualified for her second US Olympic Triathlon Team. Most recently, Gwen became the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport of triathlon during the 2016 Rio Summer Games.