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Rebecca Twigg

Full name: Rebecca Lynne Twigg (-Whitehead-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: March 26, 1963 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: 7-Eleven, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Mark Whitehead.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Rebecca Twigg was probably the most well-known women rider produced by America during the cycling explosion of the 1980s. She was a tremendous rider, mainly as an individual pursuiter, winning the World Championship four times, in 1982, 1984-85, 1987. She was forced to turn to the road when only that event was chosen for women’s cycling at the 1984 Olympics. But she was also popular for her good looks and her brilliant mind – she skipped high school completely, matriculating at the University of Washington when only 14, and she worked for a time as a model. A winner of the 1983 Coors International Classic, she narrowly missed winning a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic road race when Connie Carpenter-Phinney outsprinted her. Twigg retired in 1987 but returned in late 1991 and won a bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Cycling Women's Road Race, Individual United States USA 2 Silver
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Cycling Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Cycling Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres United States USA 5

Women's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Cycling United States Final Standings 2 at 0:00

Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Cycling United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 3:52.429
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Cycling United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 3:46.508
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Cycling United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 3:43.218
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Cycling United States Qualifying Round Heat Six 2 QU 3:43.218
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Cycling United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 3:41.611
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Cycling United States Qualifying Round 4 QU 3:39.849
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Cycling United States Qualifying Round Heat Six 1 QU 3:39.849