Karen Dunne

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Karen Dunne
Gold Medalist at 1999 Pan American Games
Personal information
Full nameKaren Dunne
BornDecember 30, 1967 (1967-12-30) (age 55)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad, Track
Rider typeField Sprinter, Points Racer
Major wins
1st place, gold medalist(s) Pan American Games (1999)
Medal record
Representing  United States
Women's road cycling
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1999 Winnipeg Road race

Karen Dunne (born December 30, 1967, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired female professional cyclist from the United States.[1] She is best known for winning the gold medal at the women's individual road race at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She also won 11 U.S. National Championships: 3 Elite (Points race, Criterium, Kilometer Time Trial), 3 Collegiate (Criterium, 500 Meter Time Trial, Track Omnium), and 5 Mixed Tandem (Pursuit, 2 x Kilometer Time Trial, 2 x Match Sprints). Her cycling career began while attending Indiana University in Bloomington where she won the 1991 Women's Little 500.

Career highlights[edit]


  • GP Feminin International du Quebec: First, second, and third place stage finishes[2]
  • GP Feminin International du Quebec: Most aggressive rider award
  • USA Cycling's (USAC) Olympic Long Team, Road
  • Selected to receive one of 100 Olympic Edition Commemorative vehicles through the UAW-GM The Team Behind The Team program in conjunction with the Sydney Olympic Games.
  • Wendy's International Stage Race: Overall winner and two stage wins
  • Sea Otter Classic: Stage winner, road race
  • Redlands Bicycle Classic: Sprint jersey winner





  • Tour Cycliste Féminin: Two fourth place stage finishes (Stage 2 La Roche sur Yon to La Tremblade and Stage 5 Saint-Orens de Gameville to Carcassonne)[4]



  • Goodwill Games: Bronze medal
  • U.S. National Criterium Championships: Silver medal
  • U.S. National Track Championships: Gold medal - Kilometer Time Trial; Bronze medal - Points race
  • PowerBar International Women's Challenge: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place stage finishes
  • U.S. Collegiate National Championships: Gold Medals - Criterium, 500 Meter Time Trial, and Track Omnium; Silver Medal - Match Sprints


  1. ^ "Cycling Archives". Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  2. ^ Gaudry, Tracey. "GP Féminine International du Québec". The Tracey Gaudry Diary 2000. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  3. ^ "Matt King - Motivational Speaker, World Class Athlete, Paralympic Cyclist, Blind Athlete, IT Accessibility Specialist". Team King.
  4. ^ "Tour Cycliste féminin 1996". Retrieved July 28, 2022.

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