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.