Kristin Armstrong's Possible Return to the Olympics Hits Roadblock

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LAURIE PEARMAN
  • Laurie Pearman
Only days after announcing  she was coming out of retirement in an effort to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, two-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong received a bit of disappointing news. 

After announcing her intentions to compete in next month's Pan Am Continental Road Championships in Mexico, Armstrong learned Friday the USA Cycling selection committee had rescinded a nomination for Armstrong to compete. Armstrong was nominated based a new format crafted by USA Cycling, but learned the criteria has changed.

"Like a lot of you, I just learned that this criteria for selection had changed recently, and now USA Cycling has decided to revert to their older criteria," Armstrong wrote April 17 on her website. "If under this 'new' criteria I am not selected, I will not only fully support USA Cycling's decision but more importantly, the athletes that will be representing the USA in Mexico."

Armstrong still has an opportunity to make the field at the U.S. Championships, scheduled for Saturday, May 23 in Tennessee. If successful, Armstrong could advance to the world championships in order to accumulate enough points to make next year's Olympic team.