Only two female athletes have competed in seven editions of the Olympic Games. One of them is track and field star Merlene Ottey-Page, who won eight medals, while the other one is French cyclist Jeannie Longo, who won four medals including one gold.
Longo participated in seven straight Olympiads beginning in 1984 in Los Angeles when she was only 26. By the time she competed in her last Olympiad, in Beijing in 2008, she was already 50 years old. Longo came home empty-handed in her first two Games before finally striking pay dirt in Barcelona in 1992, where she was a silver medalist in road cycling. Her most successful Olympics came in Atlanta as she won a gold this time in road cycling coupled with a silver in the road time trial. A bronze in the road time trial in Sydney in 2000 would be her last Olympic medal at age 42, but she was still good enough to later on qualify for the Athens and Beijing Games.
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