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Connie Paraskevin-Young

Full name: Constance Anne "Connie" Paraskevin-Young
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: July 4, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cycling, Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Jim Ochowicz; Wife of Roger Young; Sister-in-law of Sheila Young; Aunt of Elli Ochowicz.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Connie Paraskevin-Young was a cyclist/speed skater who competed at four Olympics, the 1984 Winter Olympics in speed skating, and from 1988-96 at the Summer Olympics as a cyclist. She was best known as a sprint cyclist, and her Olympic record would likely have been greater but track cycling was not an Olympic event for women until 1988, when she won a bronze medal in the sprint. Paraskevin-Young won four World Championships on the track in the sprint, including three consecutive in 1982-84, and won eight medals in that event in all, with six straight from 1982-87. At the 1978 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships she won two bronze medals in both 500 metre events. Domestically she was a 10-time US champion in the cycling sprint. In 1995 Paraskevin-Young set a world record for the 200 metre finish of the sprint, recording 11.064 at the World Championships. Her other major titles include sprint golds at the 1987 Pan American Games and 1990 Goodwill Games. She also won a 1991 bronze medal in the prized invitational track event, the Grand Prix de Paris, and a silver medal in the sprint at the 1995 Pan American Games. Paraskevin-Young retired after the 1996 Olympics and became a coach and motivational speaker.

Speedskating Personal Bests: 500 – 41.86 (1984); 1000 – 1:26.78 (1983); 1500 – 2:19.01 (1979); 3000 – 5:17.40 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 13
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Cycling Women's Sprint United States USA 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Cycling Women's Sprint United States USA 2 h3 r2/5
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Cycling Women's Sprint United States USA 2 h1 r2/5

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 13 43.05 11.08

Women's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank RW T
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Cycling United States Final Round Match 3/4 1 2
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Cycling United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 0
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Cycling United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 2
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Cycling United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 12.11
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Cycling United States Qualifying Round 4 11.845
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Cycling United States Round One Repêchage Heat Three 2
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Cycling United States Round One Heat Two AC DQ
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Cycling United States Qualifying Round 7 11.946
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Cycling United States Round One Repêchage Heat One 2
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Cycling United States Round One Heat Six 2
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Cycling United States Qualifying Round 7 QU 11.545