Twigg at the 1999 Women's Challenge
|Full name||Rebecca Twigg|
March 26, 1963 |
Seattle, United States
|Discipline||Road and track|
|Infobox last updated on
August 6, 2010
Rebecca Twigg (born March 26, 1963 in Seattle) is an American former racing cyclist, who won six world track cycling championships in the individual pursuit. She also won 16 US championships (the first - the individual time trial - when she was 18) and two Olympic medals, the Silver medal in the 1984 road race in Los Angeles, and a Bronze medal in the pursuit in Barcelona in 1992.
Twigg won the first three editions of the Women's Challenge on the road.
Twigg was a three-time Olympian (1984, 1992, and 1996). However, her final Olympic appearance, in Atlanta in 1996, ended in controversy when she quit the team in a disagreement with the coach Chris Carmichael and the U.S. Cycling Federation. The federation had invested in the development of the so-called SuperBike". Twigg, after using the bike earlier in the Games, refused to ride it, citing poor individual fit and claiming that pressure from the staff on her to use the SuperBike and their refusal to grant accreditation to her personal coach, Eddie Borysewicz, left her defocused.
- Washington Post article on the controversy at the 1996 Olympic Games
- "Free Wheeling: Rebecca Twigg Has Never Pedaled With The Pack, And She Doesn't Plan To Start Now," Sports Illustrated July 26, 1996