In June – just a couple months ago, Kristin Armstrong traveled through Minnesota. She rode with a teammate in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, crushing all competitors along the way. In fact she won three out of five stages during the grand prix here. In her quest for world champion status, she placed first in the women’s general classification at the NVGP for three consecutive years.
So I wasn’t surprised yesterday when Armstrong won a gold medal in the Olympic time trial event held in Beijing. Once again, she didn’t just win…she won by 24 seconds against a field of competitors from around the world, including Emma Pooley, the favorite from the U.K.
I’m proud to say I know a gold medal Olympian. I stood next to her on the streets of Minneapolis, St. Paul , Mankato, and Stillwater. I watched as she chatted with kids and spoke to the media about her goals to represent the U.S. in China. She’s an all-American woman and as only the second American female cyclist to ever win a gold medal in the time trial event, she’s given the cycling community goosebumps.