Kristin Armstrong (born August 11, 1973) is a former professional road bicycle racer and three-time Olympic gold medalist, the winner of the women's individual time trial in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Before temporarily retiring to start a family in 2009, she rode for Cervélo TestTeam in women's elite professional events on the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and UCI Women's World Cup. She announced a return to competitive cycling beginning in the 2011 season, competing for Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 at the Redlands Classic.
Winning the 2012 Olympics time trial (age 38).
|Full name||Kristin Armstrong|
August 11, 1973 |
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||128 lb (58 kg)|
|Current team||Exergy TWENTY12|
|2008–2009||Cervélo–Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team|
|2011||Peanut Butter & Co. Team TWENTY12|
|2015–||Twenty16 presented by Sho-Air|
Prior to her professional cycling career, Armstrong had been a junior Olympian in swimming, a distance runner in college, and then a triathlete. She spent many hours perfecting her strokes in the pool at the Boise Family YMCA, where she also served as Director of Aquatics, managing more than 50 lifeguards, swim instructors, and others. She was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips in 2001 at age 27, and told that she could no longer run at an elite level, thus ending her triathlon career and leading her to focus exclusively on cycling.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, Armstrong completed the biggest achievement of her career by winning the gold medal in the women's road time trial competition on August 13. Finishing in under 35 minutes, Armstrong was 25 seconds ahead of silver medalist Emma Pooley from Great Britain, with Karin Thürig from Switzerland taking the bronze.
Of Armstrong, Velonews wrote: "Kristin Armstrong is famous for both her success in bicycle racing, and the 'type-A' attention to detail that keeps her climbing the podium at critical races every season."
Armstrong announced at the end of 2010 that she would return to competitive cycling, with the goal of competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. In a written statement, she stated that her retirement was merely temporary in order to start a family:
I love cycling and I love competing. I stopped racing after the 2009 World Championships not because I was burned out, but because my husband and I wanted to start a family...I told myself from the beginning if everything went smoothly with the birth of our son, Lucas William, I would consider racing again.
In 2011, Armstrong returned to compete with the Peanut Butter & Co. Team TWENTY12, of which she was a part owner. She won three of the four stages (criterium, road race, and time trial) and the overall title during the Sea Otter Classic in April. However, during the first stage of the Tour of the Gila, which she had won twice previously, Armstrong came down with food poisoning. She ended up withdrawing from the race and returning home to recover.
Armstrong successfully defended her Olympic title in the individual time trial at the 2012 Olympics in London and became the oldest rider to win an Olympic time trial, and finished 35th in the Women's road race. She announced her retirement after the 2012 Olympics.
In September 2012, Armstrong's Olympic gold medal winning time trial bike was stolen while in transit between Germany and the USA.
In April 2015, Armstrong announced that she would be coming out of retirement to race at the 2015 Pan American Road Championships in Leon, Mexico, having been selected by USA Cycling for the individual time trial. Two days after announcing Armstrong's selection, however, the USA Cycling Selection Committee reconvened, deciding that the new selection process under which Armstrong had been chosen had not been published in a timely manner, and that as a result the federation's older Principles of Athlete Selection, which had been issued in 2008, should be used instead for selection to the Pan American Championships. The upshot was that Armstrong's place was taken by Tayler Wiles. The following month, Armstrong won the United States National Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee, beating Carmen Small by 13 seconds.
In August 2016, Armstrong made history at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after coming out of retirement to win the gold medal in the women's individual time trial and becoming the first rider ever to win three gold medals in the same discipline. She also became the oldest female cyclist to win an Olympic medal.
Armstrong's father was an officer in the US Marines. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she lived in Tennessee and California and attended high school in Havelock, North Carolina, and abroad in Okinawa, Japan, where she graduated from Kubasaki High School in 1991. She enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow, where she ran track for the Vandals for a season as a walk-on and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Armstrong earned a bachelor's degree from UI in sports physiology in 1995, and currently lives in Boise, Idaho.
Armstrong is married to Joe Savola; their son Lucas William Savola was born on September 15, 2010. Four months before his birth, she gave the commencement address at her alma mater in May 2010.
- 2002 – USA National-T Mobile
- 7th overall – HP Women's Challenge
- 2003 – T-Mobile Professional Women's Team
- 3rd (Bronze) – Women's Time Trial, Pan American Games
- 5th – Geelong World Cup
- 13th – World Time Trial Championships
- 2004 – T-Mobile Professional Women's Team
- USA National Women's Road Race Champion
- 8th – Women's Road Race, 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
- 1st, Stage 3, Redlands Bicycle Classic
- 1st, Prologue, Sea Otter Classic, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
- 2nd, General Classification, Sea Otter Classic
- 2005 – T-Mobile Professional Women's Team
- 3rd (Bronze) – UCI Road World Championships Time Trial
- 1st, Pan American Continental Women's Time Trial
- USA National Women's Time Trial Champion
- 3rd, National Championship, Track, Pursuit
- 1st overall and 2 stages (Prologue and Stage 2) win – Sea Otter Classic
- 2nd (Silver) – Women's 3km Individual Pursuit, Pan American Championships
- 3rd overall – Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin
- 3rd, Stage 1 – Thüringen-Rundfahrt der Frauen
- 1st, General Classification, Valley of the Sun Stage Race, 1st Stage 1
- 2nd, General Classification, San Dimas Stage Race
- 1st, Stage 1
- 1st, Stage 1, Tour de Toona
- 2nd, General Classification, Tour de l'Ardèche
- 2006 – Team Lipton
- 1st (Gold) – UCI Road World Championship Women's Time Trial
- USA National Championship Women's Time Trial
- USA National Championship Women's Road Race
- 1st overall – Nature Valley Grand Prix
- Cascade Cycling Classic
- 1st, Stage 2 – Cascade Lakes Road Race
- 1st, Stage 3 – Arnold Market Time Trial
- 3rd overall – La Coupe du Monde Cycliste Féminine de Montréal
- 1st, General Classification, Tour de Toona, Altoona
- 1st, Stage 3
- 3rd, World Cup, Track, Pursuit, Sydney
- 1st overall Tour of the Gila, Mogollon
- 1st Stage 2
- 1st, General Classification, Euregio Ladies Tour, Leende, 1st Stage 1
- 2007 – Team Lipton
- USA National Championship Women's Time Trial
- 2nd, National Championship Women's Road Race
- 1st overall and 3 stage wins – Nature Valley Grand Prix
- 1st overall, mountains and 1 stage win (ITT) – Holland Ladies Tour
- 2nd (Silver) – UCI Road World Championships Time Trial
- 1st, Souvenir Magali Pache
- 1st, General Classification, Tour de Toona
- 1st, Stage 6
- 2008 – Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
- 1st, General Classification, NZCT Women's Tour of New Zealand
- 3rd, World Cup, Track, Team Pursuit, Los Angeles
- 1st overall and 4 stage wins – Nature Valley Grand Prix
- 1st overall and 3 stage wins – Cascade Cycling Classic
- 1st – Boise Twilight Criterium
- Gold, Time Trial; Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
- 2009 – Cervélo TestTeam 2009 season
- 1st (Gold) – UCI Road World Championship Women's Time Trial
- 1st, General Classification and 3 stage wins – Tour of the Gila
- 2011 – Peanut Butter & Co. Team TWENTY12
- 1st overall and 3 stage wins – Sea Otter Classic
- 1st, Women's Time Trial – Tour of California
- 2015 Announced return to the sport.
- 1st, United States National Time Trial Championships
- 1st Overall Women's USA Pro Challenge
- 1st, Stage 1 (ITT)
- 2nd Overall Cascade Cycling Classic
- 3rd Tour of California Women's Time Trial
- 1st, Stage 3 (ITT) Redlands Bicycle Classics
- Gold, Time Trial; Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- 2nd Overall Tour of California
- 3rd United States National Time Trial Championships
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