Marion Clignet

Marion Clignet ( born February 21, 1964 in Hyde Park, New York) is a former French cyclist who was successful on the track and road, six world championship titles and two Olympic silver medals won.

At the age of 22 years was diagnosed with Marion Clignet epilepsy, and the doctors forbade her to drive. So she turned to cycling. In 1990, at the age of 26, she finished second at the U.S. championships on the road, but ignored because of her illness from the " U.S. Cycling Federation ". Thereupon Marion Clignet decided to start for France, the homeland of their parents.

1991 won Clignet with the French team the world champion title in team driving on the road. She finished second at the Grande Boucle Féminine 1993 and 1994 she won the Chrono des Nations. In the same year she became world champion in the individual pursuit on the track; this success could be repeated in 1996 and 1999. In 1999 and 2000 she was also world champion in the points race. In addition, she has won several national titles on French rail and road.

At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Marion Clignet finished each ranked second in the individual pursuit on the track.

1993 Marion Clignet tested positive at the Track World Championships on caffeine and closed for seven months for doping.

Today Marion Clignet has worked as a trainer; so she was in charge of 2005, the U-23 cycling team from New Zealand. She wrote her autobiography Tenacious and committed to the education about epilepsy. She is currently the spokeswoman for the French " Fondation Française pour la Recherche sur l' epilepsy "; 1988 to 1990 she had held this position in the U.S. "Epilepsy Foundation of America ".