LONGO Jeannie (1958) France / Cycling
The dream of the world's best woman cyclist of the 80s and 90s was to become Olympic champion. And she had won absolutely everything - except an Olympic title!Often taking the silver, bad luck always stalked her.In 1984, her chain came off, just as she was about to win. Fate struck again in Seoul and Barcelona.She had to wait for the Atlanta games in 1996 to make it. A few kilometres from the finish, she sprinted off and arrived ahead of the pack. Her Olympic dream had finally come true!A few days later, she tried for the double in the time trial... but only gained a silver. As a competitor in Sydney at the age of almost 42, Jeannie Longo took part in her fifth Olympic Games. Once more she tried to win a gold medal in the time trial, and once more she missed it by a fraction. She only won the bronze medal. But the French champion is insatiable. A few weeks after the Sydney Games, she was in Mexico, going for the world one-hour long distance record. In sixty minutes she clocked 44.767 kilometres, improving the record by almost 700 metres. It was her fifth world record in this event.