Jeannie Longo

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About Jeannie Longo Jeannie Longo (born 31 October 1958 in Annecy, Haute-Savoie) is a French racing cyclist, multiple (56 times) French and world champion. Longo is still active in cycling as of 2009 and is widely considered one of the greatest female cyclists of all time. She is famous for her competitive nature and her longevity in a sport where some of her competitors were not yet born during her first Olympic competition in 1984. She was selected to compete for France in the 2008 Olympics, her seventh Olympic Games. She has stated that this will be her final participation in the Olympics. In the Women's road race, she finished 24th, 33 seconds behind winner Nicole Cooke, who was one year old when Longo first rode in the Olympics. At the same Olympics, she finished 4th in the road time trial, just two seconds shy of securing a bronze medal.Career Longo was born in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, in the French Alps where she began her athletic career as a downhill skier. After winning the French schools' ski championship and three university skiing championships, she switched to cycling at the urging of her coach (and later husband) Patrice Ciprelli. Within a few months, Longo won the French road race Championship. She was 21. In addition to her sport, Longo distinguished herself in the academic field. She has been awarded academic degrees in Mathematics (B.S.), an MBA, and a doctorate in sports management. She competes both in road and track bicycle racing events, and is an Olympic gold-medalist and twelve-time world champion. Her impressive palmares include: * Olympic Games road race: Gold Medal/Champion (1996); Silver Medal (1992) * Olympic Games time trial: Silver Medal (1996); Bronze Medal (2000) * 5x UCI Road Race World Championship: Gold Medal/Champion (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1995) * 4x UCI Time Trial World Championship: Gold Medal/Champion (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001) * 4x UCI Track World Championship: o Points Race: Gold Medal/Champion (1989) o 3 km Pursuit: Gold Medal/Champion (1986, 1988, 1989); Silver Medal (1984, 1985, 1987); Bronze Medal (1981, 1982, 1983) * UCI Mountain Bike Championship: Silver Medal (1993) * 15x French Road Race Champion: 1979 to 1989, 1992, 1995, 2006, 2008 * 8x French Time Trial Champion: 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 * 3x Tour Cycliste Feminin / Grande Boucle: 1987, 1988, 1989 * 2x Women's Challenge: 1991, 1999 * Set Hour Record (45.094 km/h) in 2000 in Mexico City (14 years after setting the best hour performance record)1

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41. Kiril Lazarov 7050
42. Mohammad Azharuddin 6432
43. Kurtdereli Mehmet 6390
44. Robin Uthappa 6046
45. Jeannie Longo 5833
46. Yuvraj Singh 5588
47. Janica Kostelić 5561
48. Viktor Troicki 5546
49. M. Mesbah 5265

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