- Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
- Kristin Armstrong competing in the London 2012 Olympic time trial event.
Idaho cyclist Kristin Armstrong racked up another gold medal the morning of Aug. 10, taking the top prize in the Women's Time Trials competition at the Rio Olympics.
"I don't have words to describe it," she told the Associated Press. "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."
Armstrong, who lives in Boise, faced stiff competition from Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya and Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands, winning with a time of 44:26:42—5.55 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Zabelinskaya.
The win drew reaction from the office of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter:
What an amazing accomplishment for Kristin. I know every Boisean shares my pride that Kristin is one of our own and honored that she provides our city, and especially its children, with such a powerful and positive example of hard work, dedication and community involvement. We can't wait to welcome her, Joe and Lucas back to Boise and celebrate her triumph.This is Armstrong's third Olympic gold medal. In 2008 and 2012, she took home time trial medals from Beijing and London, respectively. She's also a two-time gold medal winner in the Women's Cycling World Championships time trials.