Rebecca Twigg is homeless in Seattle

No, seriously. She is.



15 Responses to “Rebecca Twigg is homeless in Seattle”

  1. Russell Williams Says:

    Don’t leave us hanging. What happened? How did she end up homeless? Is there a gofundme site or anything?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Click the link for the Seattle Times story. It’s short on some detail, but still, shocking. I knew her to say howdy to Back in the Day┬«, when we both hung around Bibleburg doing bicycle stuff.

      It sounds like she resists any “special-case” treatment. “Help should be provided for everybody, not just a few,” she says.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Wow. That is humbling. She has so much to give if there was a way to figure out how to do it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      So many people have trouble finding their way after an early spin in the spotlight. She basically peaked at an age when the rest of us were just learning the basics of our respective trades. Where do you go from up? Down, seems like. In too many instances. Damn.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Some find a transition plan beyond being an elite athlete. Greg LeMond, Connie Carpenter, Davis Phinney, for example. Others don’t. From that Seattle Times article, it sounds like Rebecca was on a shaky footing from the get-go.

        I’ve often wondered how much of my life I have spent trying to stay off the front as I am chased by my own peloton of ghosts and goblins.

  3. Herb Says:

    What can we do to help?

  4. Sharon Says:

    I saw this story earlier today. Wish there was something she could do that would help fill the void she may have in her life. I think everyone would love to help but maybe only she can find herself. The good that may come from this could be offers of opportunities that may open a door to something she finds interesting enough to try.

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    I don’t know what we can do without a willingness on her part to accept help. It seems from the story that she refuses to make a special case of herself.

    If she were to make a special case of herself, she might be able to raise (and spread) some wealth. But I can see how she wouldn’t care to take the pressure.

    It’s a real skull-crusher to think about.

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  7. David Watts Says:

    This story breaks my heart. All those years reading about her early and meteoric success. One never thinks about what is next for those who are in the spotlight like Rebecca once the next generation takes their own place on the podium.

    As she herself mentions, there are millions more in this position and from all walks of life. Numbs my brain, and I hurt thinking of her, and so many others. I wish I could do something to help her.

  8. Hurben Says:

    That’s pretty damn sad, but also full respect that as far as she’s concerned, it’s not about her.

  9. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Seems like she’s in need of some mental help? But of course the richest country in the world can’t afford to take care of people like this post-Ronnie Ray-Gun.
    La Professoressa raced against her back-in-the-day and remembers how shy and introverted she was. Twigg was not only a cycling prodigy, she went to college at a very young age as well.
    We need to take some Oreos out of the Pentagon budget (as ol’ Ben and Jerry used to say) and get ALL of these people the help they need. The Hobby Lobby folks can say they don’t want their tax money used for contraception, can I specify none of mine be used on the military-industrial complex?

  10. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    I dropped Charles Pelkey a note, and he spoke with Inga Thompson, and we’re all at a loss here.

    The only thing I can think of that would do any good would be to make donations to and/or do volunteer work for the homeless wherever you live, and do it in Rebecca’s name.

    Then drop a note to the reporter, Scott Greenstone (, who is running Project Homeless for the Seattle Times, and he can spread the word that concerned people are taking action on her behalf.

    • Pat OI'Brien Says:

      Good ideas mate. Perhaps the reporter went as far as he could in the piece without viloating Trigg’s wishes or privacy. We will help the Good Neighbor Alliance down here to help with the seasonal homeless problem we have here in SE Arizona.

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