Jorgensen's journey included chance meeting in Milwaukee

Even before he dismounted his bike on that snowy Minnesota morning three years ago to ask Gwen Jorgensen if she'd be his wife, Patrick Lemieux issued an equally unexpected proposal: He would abandon his pro cycling career to be her "house husband."

She was taken aback both times — and twice she said yes.

While viewers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are taking to social media to slam what they perceive as sexist portrayals of some of the world's greatest athletes, Jorgensen fiercely credits her husband's role in her emergence as the world's top female triathlete.

"Patrick is vital to my success," said Jorgensen, the two-time defending ITU...