Marion Clignet

Marion Clignet (born 21 February 1964 in Hyde Park, Chicago) is a French former track cyclist.

She was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 22 and was shunned by the United States Cycling Federation and she subsequently raced for France.

France Track & road cyclist

Career

Marion Clignet grew up in the United States but with dual citizenship, and in 1990 placed second at the US road race championships.

However, she later competed for France, and had a superb career for her second country.

On the road, Clignet helped France to a win at the 1991 World Championships in the team time trial, but it was on the track where she had her greatest success.

In addition to her Olympic medals, Clignet won five gold medals and seven medals on the track at the Worlds. The golds were as follows: individual pursuit – 1994, 1996, 1999; points race – 1999-2000.

Other major victories-several world cup victories in the pursuit on the track, double WORLD titles on the track in 1999, 5 stage wins and 2nd over all at the women’s Tour de France in 1991, plus 250 victories on the road and track

After cycling Marion won the French long distance duathlon Championships as well as several half ironman triathlons and is now mostly running (2’58 marathon in Paris 2013), cross country, trails and mountains… 

Clignet achieved all of this overcoming epilepsy, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 22

Personal bests

1990    2º in National Championship, Road, Elite, United States of America (F), United States of America
1991    1º in National Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite, France (F), France
1991    1º in National Championship, Road, Elite, France (F), France
1991    3º in World Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite (F), Stuttgart (Baden-Wurttemberg), Germany
1991    1º in World Championship, Road, TTT, Elite (F), Unknown  + Nathalie Gendron  + Catherine Marsal  + Cécile Odin
1992    2º in National Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite, France (F), France
1992    2º in National Championship, Road, Elite, France (F), France
1992    3º in General Classification Tour de Bretagne (F), France
1992    2º in Coppa delle Nazioni, (Vitorchiano (F)) , Vitorchiano (Lazio), Italy
1992    33º in Olympic Games, Road, Elite (F), Spain
1993    2º in General Classification Tour de France Feminine, (Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale (F)) , France
1993    1º in National Championship, Road, Elite, France (F), France
1993    2º in General Classification Tour de Bretagne (F), France
1993    2º in World Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite (F), Norway
1993    3º in General Classification Tour de l’Aude Cycliste Féminin (F), France
1994    1º in Chrono des Herbiers (F), France
1994    1º in World Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite (F), Unknown
1994    3º in Stage 5 Omloop van ‘t Molenheike (F), Diessen (Noord-Brabant), The Netherlands
1994    1º in Stage 2 Vuelta a Mallorca (F), Spain
1994    1º in Stage 2 Tour de la Haute-Garonne (F), Auterive (Midi-Pyrenees), France
1994    2º in Stage 1 Tour de la Haute-Garonne (F), Roquettes (Midi-Pyrenees), France
1994    1º in Stage 3 Tour de la Haute-Garonne (F), Ramonville (Midi-Pyrenees), France
1995    1º in National Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite, France (F), France
1995    1º in Stage 1 Valley of the Sun Stage Race (F), United States of America
1995    1º in General Classification Valley of the Sun Stage Race (F), United States of America
1995    1º in Stage 2 part a Valley of the Sun Stage Race (F), United States of America
1995    3º in Stage 3 Masters Féminin (F), Avize (Champagne-Ardenne), France
1996    1º in National Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite, France (F), France
1996    1º in National Championship, Road, ITT, Elite, France (F), France
1996    1º in General Classification Tour de Bretagne (F), France
1996    1º in World Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite (F), Unknown
1996    1º in Stage 1 Tour du Finistère (F), France
1996    1º in Prologue Tour du Finistère (F), France
1996    1º in Stage 2 Tour du Finistère (F), France
1996    1º in Stage 3 Tour du Finistère (F), France
1996    1º in Stage 4 Tour du Finistère (F), France
1996    1º in Stage 5 Tour du Finistère (F), France
1996    1º in General Classification Tour du Finistère (F), France
1996    2º in Olympic Games, Track, Pursuit, Elite (F), United States of America
1996    38º in Olympic Games, Road, Elite (F), United States of America
1996    5º in Olympic Games, Road, ITT, Elite (F), United States of America
1999    2º in Stage 1 Giro d’Italia Femminile, (Giro d’Italia Donne (F)) , Italy
1999    2º in National Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite, France (F), France
1999    3º in National Championship, Track, Points race, Elite, France (F), France
1999    1º in World Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite (F), Unknown
1999    1º in World Championship, Track, Points race, Elite (F), Unknown
1999    1º in Cali, Pursuit (F), Cali (Valle del Cauca), Colombia
1999    1º in Cali, Points race (F), Cali (Valle del Cauca), Colombia
2000    1º in National Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite, France (F), France
2000    1º in National Championship, Track, Points race, Elite, France (F), France
2000    3º in National Championship, Road, ITT, Elite, France (F), France
2000    2º in Olympic Games, Track, Pursuit, Elite (F), Sydney (New South Wales), Australia
2000    1º in World Championship, Track, Points race, Elite (F), Unknown
2000    1º in Route Féminine Du Vignoble Nantais, (Nantes (F)) , Nantes (Rhone-Alpes), France
2003    2º in National Championship, Track, Pursuit, Elite, France (F), France
2003    2º in Ronde du Mont Pujols, (Pujols (F)) , Pujols (Aquitaine), France
2003    2º in Sydney, Points race (F), Sydney (New South Wales), Australia
2004    3º in Trophée des Grimpeurs (F), France

Results

Women’s Road Race, Individual

GamesAgeCitySportCountryPhaseUnitRankM
1992 Summer28BarcelonaCyclingFranceFinal Standings33at 0:31
1996 Summer32AtlantaCyclingFranceFinal Standings38at 5:37

Women’s Individual Time Trial

GamesAgeCitySportCountryPhaseUnitRankM
1996 Summer32AtlantaCyclingFranceFinal Standings5at 1:34

Women’s Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres

 

GamesAgeCitySportCountryPhaseUnitRankT
1996 Summer32AtlantaCyclingFranceSemi-FinalsHeat One1QU3:35.412
1996 Summer32AtlantaCyclingFranceQuarter-FinalsHeat Three1QU3:36.446
1996 Summer32AtlantaCyclingFranceQualifying Round2QU/OR3:35.774
1996 Summer32AtlantaCyclingFranceQualifying RoundHeat Four1QU/OR3:35.774
2000 Summer36SydneyCyclingFranceFinal RoundMatch 1/223:38.751
2000 Summer36SydneyCyclingFranceSemi-FinalsHeat One1QU3:36.244
2000 Summer36SydneyCyclingFranceQualifying Round2QU3:34.636
2000 Summer36SydneyCyclingFranceQualifying RoundHeat Six1QU3:34.636

Women’s Points Race

 

GamesAgeCitySportCountryPhaseUnitRankLMPTS
2000 Summer36SydneyCyclingFranceFinal Standings6same lap11