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Having already retired in 2009, then returning in 2011 to take a second Olympic time trial gold medal in 2012 and then retiring again, Kristin Armstrong has announced that she intends to return to competition following her second retirement, with her first event in less than one month’s time.
Armstrong issued a statement saying that her first race will be the Pan American Continental Time Trial Championships in Morelia, Mexico, on May 7.
She explained her change in mind, saying that she hopes to add to the recent progress seen in the women’s side of the sport.
“I am a fan of cycling. I am an even bigger fan of women’s cycling,” she stated. “After retiring in 2012, I have been thrilled to see the recent growth of women’s races not only in the United States but all over the world. It is fantastic that top-level races are giving an opportunity for women to showcase their abilities and talent, and the current momentum in the sport is undeniable.
“This is why I have decided to come out of retirement and return to professional racing with the hope that my involvement in the competitive side of the sport will assist our development even more.”
In addition to her two Olympic gold medals, Armstrong also won the individual time trial at the World Championships in 2006 and 2009, took multiple US national individual time trial and road championship titles, and won the overall at US stage races such as the Nature Valley Grand Prix and Sea Otter Classic.
She is now 41 years old but hopes to have a successful return. Being in good shape should help with that.
“Even during my retirement, living an active and healthy lifestyle was very important to me,” she said. “This passion led me to accept a position at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise as their Ambassador of Community Health.
“I have seen firsthand the benefits of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and, through my work at St. Luke’s, have really enjoyed assisting them.”
She also said that she has stayed close to pro cycling via her involvement with Team Twenty16 presented by Sho-Air.
“Developing the next generation of American riders is very important to me,” she said. “These girls inspire me on a daily basis.
Armstrong’s race plans beyond the Pan American Continental time trial championships next month have yet to be revealed; however, she said she was simply looking forward to getting back in action and being a part of the growth of women’s cycling.