Olympics: Madison native Connie Carpenter-Phinney revels in being 'Taylor's mom'

Olympics: Madison native Connie Carpenter-Phinney revels in being 'Taylor's mom'

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Connie Carpenter-Phinney has quite an athletic resume.

The Madison native went to the Olympics in speed skating in 1972 at 14, becoming the youngest American to compete in the Winter Olympics.

A dozen years later, she won Olympic gold in Los Angeles as a cyclist.

But in London, she's probably best known for something else.

Here's a tip: If you want to get on her good side immediately, approach her and ask, "Are you Taylor Phinney's mom?"

"That's the best thing you could say to me," said Carpenter-Phinney, 55.

Fittingly, she was one of the headline attractions last week at the opening of the P&G U.S. Family Home in London. It's a place where Olympic moms can have a "home away from home" as part of the sponsor's "Thank you, Mom" campaign.

The Phinneys are the first family of cycling in the U.S. Davis Phinney, the dad, won stages of the Tour de France during his pro career; and Carpenter-Phinney took the Olympic title at Los Angeles in 1984, where Davis Phinney won bronze.

Sadly, Davis Phinney has been afflicted by early-onset Parkinson's Disease for the last dozen years, a journey that has had its ups-and-downs.

But for now, Connie and Davis' focus in on their oldest kid competing in his second Olympics.

"I couldn't be prouder," said Carpenter-Phinney, who was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Phinney finished a surprising fourth in the Olympic road race Saturday, though he was in no mood to celebrate.

He was beaten in a group sprint by Alexander Kristoff of Norway for the bronze medal. Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won the gold and Rigoberto Uran of Colombia took silver.

"Some would call fourth place the worst to arrive at the Olympics," Phinney said, "but I won't focus on that. I'll get over it. But first I have to thank the team."

Phinney wasn't expected to have much success over a course geared toward sprinters. He should have a better chance of success in Wednesday's time trial, which starts at 7:15 a.m. Central time.

Phinney won the opening time trial at the Giro d'Italia earlier this year.

Notably, the charismatic young rider also would have been favored in the individual pursuit, but his signature track event was dropped from the program after the Beijing Games, forcing him to shift his focus to the road race and time trial.

"I'll have the individual time trial on Wednesday," Phinney reasoned, "and that's like a very long individual pursuit. An individual pursuit, times 11."



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