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Cycling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): , Mission Viejo, California
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: July 29, 1984
Format: 79.2 km. (49.2 miles) mass start race.

Gold: USA Connie Carpenter-Phinney
Silver: USA Rebecca Twigg
Bronze: FRG Sandra Schumacher

Summary

This was the first cycling event ever contested at the Olympics for women. The favorite in the race was Jeannie Longo, considered the greatest female cyclist ever. Also highly considered were two Americans, Connie Carpenter-Phinney and Rebecca Twigg. Twigg was also known for her brains and her looks. She had gone to college when only 14 years-old, skipping four years of high school, and also did some modeling. She had also won a silver medal at the 1983 World Championships, behind Marianne Berglund of Sweden. Carpenter-Phinney had competed as a speed skater at the 1972 Winter Olympics, and was married to American cyclist Davis Phinney, who also competed at the 1984 Olympic Games and was known as a great sprinter. The final breakaway in the race came midway thru, and included Longo, Carpenter-Phinney, and Twigg, as well as top Italian rider, Maria Canins. Twigg, known for her sprinting ability on the track, was favored to win the sprint. Less than a kilometer from the finish, Longo and Canins hit their wheels, and Longo’s chain came off, eliminating her. Twigg led out the sprint and appeared to have the race in hand, but Carpenter-Phinney caught her and used a bike-throwing technique she had learned from her husband to win by inches.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Connie Carpenter-Phinney 27 United States USA Gold 2-11:14.0
2 Rebecca Twigg 21 United States USA Silver at 0:00
3 Sandra Schumacher 17 West Germany FRG Bronze at 0:00
4 Unni Larsen 25 Norway NOR at 0:00
5 Maria Canins 35 Italy ITA at 0:00
6 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 25 France FRA at 1:21
7 Helle Sørensen 21 Denmark DEN at 2:14
8 Ute Enzenauer 19 West Germany FRG at 2:14
9 Luisa Seghezzi 18 Italy ITA at 2:14
10 Janelle Parks 21 United States USA at 2:14
11 Cécile Odin 18 France FRA at 2:14
12 Ines Varenkamp 20 West Germany FRG at 2:14
13 Catherine Swinnerton 26 Great Britain GBR at 2:14
14 Dominique Damiani 31 France FRA at 2:14
15 Kristina Ranudd 21 Sweden SWE at 2:14
16 Tuulikki Jahre 32 Sweden SWE at 2:14
17 Linda Gornall 20 Great Britain GBR at 2:14
18 Nina Søbye 27 Norway NOR at 2:14
19 Hege Stendahl 17 Norway NOR at 2:14
20 Marielle Guichard 20 France FRA at 2:14
21 Inga Thompson-Benedict 20 United States USA at 2:14
22 Geneviève Robic-Brunet 25 Canada CAN at 2:48
23 Roberta Bonanomi 17 Italy ITA at 3:59
24 Marie-Claude Audet 22 Canada CAN at 9:02
25 Marianne Berglund 21 Sweden SWE at 9:02
26 Johanna Hack 27 Austria AUT at 9:28
27 Karen Strong-Hearth 30 Canada CAN at 10:49
28 Leontine van der Lienden 25 Netherlands NED at 10:49
29 Maria Blower 19 Great Britain GBR at 10:49
30 Muriel Sharp 31 Great Britain GBR at 10:49
31 Lu Suyan 19 China CHN at 13:05
32 Kathlyn Ragg 21 Fiji FIJ at 14:45
33 Gabriele Altweck 21 West Germany FRG at 18:12
34 Emanuela Menuzzo 27 Italy ITA at 18:12
35 Paula Westher 19 Sweden SWE at 18:12
36 Wang Li 21 China CHN at 18:12
37 Henny Top 27 Netherlands NED at 18:12
38 Hilde Dobiasch 29 Austria AUT at 18:12
39 Thea van Rijnsoever 27 Netherlands NED at 18:12
40 Wakako Abe 18 Japan JPN at 28:58
41 Lu Yu'e 23 China CHN at 31:41
42 Choi Eun-Suk 20 South Korea KOR at 32:36
43 Mun Suk 19 South Korea KOR at 32:57
44 Son Yak-Seon 18 South Korea KOR at 37:22
AC Merilyn Phillips 27 Cayman Islands CAY DNF