Connie Carpenter is a talented multi-sport athlete who began her career as a speed skater, was a national champion in rowing at Cal-Berkeley, and is best known as the Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1984 Summer Olympics in cycling.
Born in Wisconsin, Carpenter naturally gravitated to speed skating. At the age of 14, she placed 7th in the 1500m speed skating event in the 1972 Winter games. She is in a small group of two-sport Olympians.
She is a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, in addition to many others (US Bicycling Hall of Fame, International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame – plus other Halls in California, Colorado, and Wisconsin).
Today, Connie and her husband Davis – also an Olympic medalist and a former Tour de France stage-winning cyclist – run Bike Camps in Italy and other cycling Meccas.
The Phinneys live in Boulder, Colorado and have 2 athletic children, Taylor – a 2008 Olympian in cycling and Kelsey – the North American Biathlon champion for her age group (15).
The Phinneys have 36 solar panels on their home in Boulder, Colorado and devote much of their own energy to the Davis Phinney Foundation – a wellness Foundation helping those with Parkinson’s Disease.
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