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LONGO Jeannie

Jeannie LONGO

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Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo is arguably the greatest female cyclist of all time.

Dominant force

By the time of the 1996 Atlanta Games, Jeannie Longo had won ten World Championship titles in cycling. This included winning the road race five times, a feat no other cyclist, male or female, has achieved. In fact, Longo was so dominant in her sport, she even won a World Championship silver medal in mountain biking.

Olympic disappointments

Until 1996, Olympic gold had always escaped her. In the 1984 Olympic road race, a last-minute collision left her in sixth place. In 1988, a month after breaking her hip, she could do no better than 21st. In 1992 in Barcelona, she finally managed to win a silver medal but was beaten in the quarter-finals of the pursuit.

Atlanta joy

Longo developed her own training strategy for the 1996 Atlanta Games. While others arrived early to acclimatise to the heat, Longo trained in the Colorado mountains and arrived in Atlanta two days before the road race. A mid-race downpour caused many racers to skid and fall, but Longo stayed out of trouble to win gold in convincing fashion. Later, she claimed a silver medal in the road time trial.

Age no object

Age seemed to have no effect on this incredible competitor. Aged 41, she won a bronze medal in the road time trial at the 2000 Sydney Games. Even more incredibly, at the age of 49, she won her 55th French Championship title and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Gallery

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Womens Road Race

ATHENS - AUGUST 15: Jeannie Longo Ciprelli of of France rides alone in the women's cycling road race on August 15, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the City Centre Cycling Road Race Course in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeannie Longo Ciprelli
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Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli

30 Sep 2000: Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli of France celebrates bronze in the Womens Road Cycling Individual Time Trial at Moore Park on day 15 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. \ Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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Leontien Zijlaard

30 Sep 2000: Leontien Zijlaard of the Netherlands celebrates gold in the Womens Road Cycling Individual Time Trial alongside silver medallist Mari Holden of the USA and bronze winner Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli of France at Moore Park on day 15 of the Sydney2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. \ Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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Atlanta 1996-Jeannie LONGO-CIPRELLI (FRA) 2nd, ZulfiyaZABIROVA (RUS) 1st, Clara HUGHES (CAN) 3rd.
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Atlanta 1996-Cycling-Road race, LONGO-CIPRELLI Jeannie(FRA) 1st.
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Jeannie Longo Ciprelli

21 Jul 1996: Jeannie Longo Ciprelli of France celebrates after winning the gold in a cycling event at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • B 42:52
    Cycling
    individual time trial women
  • G 2:36:13
    Cycling
    individual road race women
    S @:20
    Cycling
    individual time trial women
  • S 2:05:02
    Cycling
    individual road race women

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