CONNIE CARPENTER / by Molly Schiot

Connie Carpenter  holds the distinction as the first women cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal, which she did in winning the 1984 road race, the first Olympic cycling event for women. But as Connie Carpenter, this was 12 years after her first Olympic appearance, which came in speed skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, when she was only 14-years-old. Carpenter was US national overall champion in speed skating in 1976, but injuries prevented her from competing at the 1976 Winter Olympics. She then turned primarily to cycling and won multiple titles, highlighted by a 1983 World Championship gold medal in the individual pursuit, after she had finished second in that event in 1982.

Connie Carpenter  holds the distinction as the first women cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal, which she did in winning the 1984 road race, the first Olympic cycling event for women. But as Connie Carpenter, this was 12 years after her first Olympic appearance, which came in speed skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, when she was only 14-years-old. Carpenter was US national overall champion in speed skating in 1976, but injuries prevented her from competing at the 1976 Winter Olympics. She then turned primarily to cycling and won multiple titles, highlighted by a 1983 World Championship gold medal in the individual pursuit, after she had finished second in that event in 1982.