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Gwen Jorgensen

St. Paul resident Gwen Jorgensen is an American pioneer. She won America’s first triathlon gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. She knifed through almost a mile-long swim, pedaled 25 miles, and ran more than six miles in well under two hours. That performance on the world stage gives credence to the argument that the planet’s best athlete, male or female, lives in our midst. What makes Jorgensen our Minnesota Sports Center highlight champ isn’t just her Olympic gold. It’s her backstory. She blew a tire during the bike portion of the 2012 Olympics, finishing in 38th place. Jorgensen used that disappointment as fuel to win four consecutive World Triathlon Series races in 2014, paving her way to a world championship the following year. The rest, as they say, is history.

Best Coach Brady Starkey

Best College Athlete Kelly Pannek

Best Columnist Lee Schafer

Best Commercial Kinetico Water Softeners

Best Construction Project Vintage on Selby

Best Dressed Emily Eaton

Best Hipster Trend The Discovery of the Razor

Best instagram @exploreminnesota

Best Landmark Turnblad Mansion

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Parking Lot Victory Ramp

Best Place to People-Watch First Avenue's Halloween Dance Party

Best Podcast In the Dark

Best Politician Gov. Mark Dayton

Best Radio Personality Matt McNeil

Best Radio Station MPR News

Best Road Ayd Mill Road

Best Sign of Spring Kids Flocking to Como Park Zoo

Best Sports Fan Obadiah Gamble

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Cory Cove

Best Sports Team Gophers women's hockey team

Best Sports Writer Michael Russo

Best Sportscaster Tom Reid

Best Star in the Making Halima Aden

Best Suburb South St. Paul

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Newsperson Jana Shortal

Best TV Station TPT

Best Tweeter Kyle Matteson (@solace)

Best Twins Player Brian Dozier

Best Vikings Player Linval Joseph

Best Viral Video Grow Food by Appetite for Change

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Attempting the Zipper Merge

Best Website Streets.MN

Best Wild Player Mikael Granlund