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Felicia Ballanger (born 12 June 1971 in La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendee) is a retired French racing cyclist.
She won five world championships in the sprint and 500 m time trial. She was also a triple Olympic champion.
Felicia Ballanger is one of two children. Her mother named her Felicia after the Italian Tour de France winner
Felice Gimondi and her brother, Frederic, after the Spanish winner, Federico Bahamontes
Ballanger was at first both a cyclist and a handball player. For cycling she was a member of Vendee la Roche Cycliste.
She came fourth in her first world championship and again the following year, 1992, at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
She crashed the following year, breaking a collarbone and having her thigh pierced by a splinter from the velodrome.
Her first world championship medal came the following season. She took silver in the sprint.
Trained by Daniel Morelon, the former world sprint champion, she won her first world championships in 1995,
winning the 500 m time-trial and the sprint. She won both again in the four following years.
She also won the Olympic sprint medal at Atlanta. Her last international was the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
She won the 500 metres. In 2001, she became vice-president of the Federation Francaise de Cyclisme.
500m+sprint 2000 olympic gold medals- 1996 sprint gold medal
5 championships : 500m+sprint
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