Kristin ARMSTRONG

United States of America USA

Road Cycling

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1973
Olympic Results

Biography

Kristin ARMSTRONG

The most decorated of U.S. women’s cyclists, Kristin Armstrong won a third consecutive Olympic time trial at Rio 2016, an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact that she has twice retired from competitive cycling.

Rocketing to gold in Rio

“I don’t have words to describe it,” said the USA’s Kristin Armstrong after becoming Olympic cycling’s oldest champion at 43 at Rio 2016. “When you’ve already been two times at the pinnacle of the sport, why risk coming back for the gold medal? The best answer I can give is that I can. Today the stars aligned.” Defying the rain and the steep climbs of the 29.7km Pontal course, the evergreen Armstrong produced a searing finish over the last five kilometres to clock a winning time of 44:26.42, five seconds clear of Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya, with the Netherlands’ Anna van der Breggen a further six seconds back. “To hear the national anthem on the podium, that’s my favourite part of the Olympics,” said the American, who has savoured that experience on three occasions now.

An all-round talent

The daughter of a U.S. Navy officer, Armstrong was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on 11 August 1973, and spent her childhood in California, North Carolina and Okinawa in Japan, where she attended high school. A proficient swimmer, Armstrong was a 17-year-old student at the University of Idaho when she began her sporting career as a junior Olympian. A formidable triathlete also, she competed in Ironman events before being forced to give up the sport altogether when she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at the age of 27, at which point she turned to cycling as a form of therapy.

A first taste of gold

Specialising in road races, and the time trial in particular, Armstrong won her first world title in the event in Salzburg (AUT) in 2006. Two years later in Beijing she became the first American rider to win Olympic gold in the women’s time trial, beating Great Britain’s Emma Pooley to the gold by a margin of more than 25 seconds. After then winning a second world title in Mendrisio (SUI) in 2009, she announced her retirement retiring, at the age of 36, before giving birth to her son Lucas in September 2010. At the same time, she also completed her sports science degree at Idaho.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

G
Individual Time Trial
Individual Time Trial Cycling
#AC
Road Race, Individual
Road Race, Individual Cycling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

#35
Road Race, Individual
Road Race, Individual Cycling
G
Individual Time Trial
Individual Time Trial Cycling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

G
Individual Time Trial
Individual Time Trial Cycling
#25
Road Race, Individual
Road Race, Individual Cycling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

#8
Road Race, Individual
Road Race, Individual Cycling