- Category : Sports-Cycling
- Type : GP
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Alignment 2
Jeannie Longo (born 31 October 1958 in Annecy, Haute-Savoie) is a French racing cyclist, 59-time French champion and 13-time world champion. Longo is still active in cycling as of 2011 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 had stated that this would 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. She is currently number two on the all-time list of French female summer or winter Olympic medal winners, with a total of four medals, which is one less than the total number won by the fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic.
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 at the age of 21.
During September, 2011, a series of articles in the French newspaper L’Équipe reported that Longo's husband, Patrice Ciprelli, had purchased the performance enhancing drug EPO from Joe Papp, a retired American cyclist who told L'Equipe Ciprelli told him the EPO was for his wife. The charges prompted an investigation of Longo by the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC) which cleared her in a November 2011 statement. In February of 2012 French authorities arrested Ciprelli; the case was ongoing as of December 2012.
A rider who competed against Longo, the U.S. cyclist Inga Thompson, alleged in a November 2012 U.S. radio interview that Longo had used performance enhancing drugs during at least the latter part of her career.
She competes both in road and track bicycle racing events, and is an Olympic gold-medalist and twelve-time world champion.