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Time Trial Gold

Posted by Gale Bernhardt on Aug 14, 2008 1:18:15 PM

I wanted to write about Kristen Armstrong's (no relation Lance) time trial success yesterday; but on the long shot that NBC would play highlights on TV, I decided not to spoil the result. Kristin's gold medal marked the record 900th gold medal for USA in the history of the Olympic Games.


A few tidbits:


  • Besides American cycling legend Greg LeMond, Kristin is the only other American in history to win three career medals at the UCI Road World Championships.

  • In her first season of international track competition, Kristin won a bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the 2005 UCI Track World Cup in Sydney.

  • By age 17 she was a Junior Olympian in swimming.

  • She took a liking to triathlons, and eventually spent a year at the U.S. Olympic Training Center as a triathlete.

  • She went on to compete in the 1999 Hawaii Ironman and 2000 Olympic Triathlon Trials.

  • But after being examined for chronic hip pain in 2001, it was determined Armstrong had developed osteoarthritis. The doctor said cycling could prove therapeutic, and an elite cyclist was born.

  • She didn't race in the time trial in Athens, due to being left off the two-woman American roster for that competition, and the decision has pained her ever since.

  • She won the bronze medal at World Champinship in 2005, the World Champinship in 2006 and the silver in 2007.

  • She's the third straight American to medal in the women's time trial, joining Dede Barry and Mari Holden, who won silvers in Athens and Sydney, respectively.


Huge congratulaions to Kristen. A cool photo here.



Levi Leipheimer won the bronze medal, with Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) winning gold.



Congrats to Levi.






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