Triple Olympic Gold Medalist and Mother | Kristin Armstrong
Kristin Armstrong is a former professional road bicycle racer and three-time Olympic gold medalist, the winner of the women’s individual time trial in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Before temporarily retiring to start a family in 2009, she rode for Cervélo Test Team in women’s elite professional events on the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and UCI Women’s World Cup. She announced a return to competitive cycling beginning in the 2011 season, competing for Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 at the Redlands Classic.
Prior to her professional cycling career, Armstrong had been a junior Olympian in swimming, a distance runner in college, and then a triathlete.
Armstrong announced at the end of 2010 that she would return to competitive cycling, with the goal of competing at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
In a written statement, she stated that her retirement was merely temporary in order to start a family:
I love cycling and I love competing. I stopped racing after the 2009 World Championships not because I was burned out, but because my husband and I wanted to start a family…I told myself from the beginning if everything went smoothly with the birth of our son, Lucas William, I would consider racing again.
In 2011, Armstrong returned to compete with the Peanut Butter & Co. Team TWENTY12, of which she was a part-owner. She won three of the four stages (criterium, road race, and time trial) and the overall title during the Sea Otter Classic in April.
However, during the first stage of the Tour of the Gila, which she had won twice previously, Armstrong came down with food poisoning. She ended up withdrawing from the race and returning home to recover.