Connie Carpenter has to be one of the most versatile athletes in the Hall of Fame. She first established herself as a national championship Speedskater in 1976. She also competed in that sport in the 1972 Olympics.
One week before the Olympic trials in 1976, she broke her ankle. That ended her speedskating career, but she turned to cycling, earning U.S. championships in 1976, '77 and '79. She set a world record in 1983 and won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles.
While competing in cycling, Connie Carpenter joined the University of California crew team and was a member of the NCAA four-oar women's championship team.