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It’s Connie Carpenter Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown

#17 multi-sport athlete.

The list of athletes who competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics is a short one. Two of them who made the Countdown were stars in one sport and great enough athletes that they became bobsledders mainly because of their pushing ability.

But Connie Carpenter-Phinney is one of a kind.

In 1972, young Connie Carpenter, who like so many of America's best speed skaters is from Wisconsin, competed in the Sapporo Winter Games in the 1,500 meters. She placed seventh in Japan and was among the U.S.'s most promising hopes for the 1976 Winter Games that originally were supposed to be in Denver but ended up in Innsbruck, Austria.

Carpenter was a national champion heading into the 1976 Games, but she got injured and was unable to compete.

For most athletes, that would be almost a tragedy. For Carpenter, it opened a door to something bigger.

Carpenter rehabbed by riding a bike, and she quickly became very good at it. She started competing in cycling and merely turned into the best in the world.

Carpenter, who married another talented cyclist, Davis Phinney, won 12 national titles in cycling. And in 1984, in the first women's cycling road race in Olympic history, she outsprinted Rebecca Twigg (at left in photo below) to win the gold medal in Los Angeles.

And there is a third sport of note on her resume. While Carpenter was a student at Cal-Berkeley, she became a national champion in rowing.

Her first mark on the big stage hasn’t faded. When Carpenter competed in speed skating at Sapporo, she was all of 14 years old. She remains the youngest American female ever to compete in the Winter Olympics.

On deck: He even crawled fast as a baby.

Posted: 08/13/2019 at 12:00AM


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