Kristin Armstrong

Boise Twilight Criterium

For the past 32 years, cycling enthusiasts of all abilities have descended on downtown Boise for the annual ASWD Twilight Criterium. This year's events include everything from biking with gold medalist Kristin Armstrong to eating 2,000 pounds of Idaho french fries.

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Boise's Municipal Park has a new name as the city has dedicated the 28-acre park to three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter unveiled the park's new signage on Sunday at an event celebrating the Boise cyclist, who just returned from winning her third-consecutive Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.


Armstrong says she is looking forward to working with youth at the newly renamed park. At the event Sunday she presided over a foot race for kids and presented winners with their own gold medals.

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Three-time gold medal Olympian Kristin Armstrong arrived to a heroine's welcome at the Boise airport Monday afternoon. Since then, the Idaho native says she's been going nonstop.

Since she won the cycling event of time trial, she says she’s been constantly stopped by people calling out “congratulations,” and asking to pose for pictures.

Why Kristin Armstrong’s 3rd Gold Is A Big Deal

Aug 11, 2016
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Wednesday morning while most people back home were still sleeping, Boise’s Kristin Armstrong was on a bike in Brazil trying to win a gold medal in her third consecutive Olympics. She succeeded.

Armstrong became just the second American woman to win the same event at three Olympics in a row. And she now owns all but two of the road-cycling golds ever awarded to the U.S.

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Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her third consecutive Olympic time trial Wednesday, her golden effort on the brutal course leaving her in an exhausted heap on the road at the finish line.

Armstrong covered the course through driving wind and rain in 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds, beating reigning bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia by just 5.55 seconds.

Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands added a bronze medal to her gold from the road race.

Kristin Armstrong Olympic Gold Medal
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What would it be like to bring home your third Olympic gold medal for your birthday? 

Kristin Armstrong could get the chance to find out how that feels Wednesday morning. Her gold-medal winning streak began in 2008 after claiming the individual time trial race in Beijing. In London four years ago Armstrong became the oldest woman cyclist to win the race. She turns 43 Thursday.

Karen Day

A new “commercial hybrid” film takes viewers on a visual journey of Idaho, covering hundreds of miles of landscape and history. “Destination Idaho” will be shown for free Tuesday night in Boise.

Idaho filmmaker Karen Day says her 65 minute travelogue took her all over the state, from Boise to Wallace to Priest Lake.

She funded the film with public and private partners, from Shore Lodge to the National Park Service, to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her plan was to use history and visuals to inspire people to visit the Gem State.

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The Idaho Legislature wants to honor two-time Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong.  The Boise resident won gold in last year’s London Olympics and in 2008’s Beijing Olympics.

Representative Hy Kloc (D-Boise) introduced the measure today. “We’d like to commend her for her community work, her outstanding attitude, her focus, and her exemplary conduct.” 

Kloc said Armstrong climbed to the top of her profession even in the face of health problems. “In 2001, Kristen was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and that didn’t stop her.” 

Idaho Olympian's Bicycles Stolen

Sep 12, 2012
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Boise resident and Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong has had two bicycles she rode in the London Olympics stolen. Armstrong received two empty boxes at her house Tuesday, according to a news release issued by her cycling team, Exergy TWENTY12.

The road and time trials bikes had been on display in Germany two weeks ago, and then were supposed to be shipped through Atlanta to Boise.

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Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong rode with hundreds of riders down Capitol Boulevard Saturday. The ride, which started at the Boise Depot,  was part of a special celebration to honor Armstrong for her second gold medal win in the individual time trial at the London Olympics. Saturday's celebration was also a birthday bash complete with cake for Armstrong's 39th birthday.

Storify: Idaho Cyclist's Gold Medal Ride

Aug 2, 2012

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Idaho cyclist Kristin Armstrong won a gold medal Wednesday in the individual time trial in London.  The 18-mile course is a race against the clock and this event is Armstrong’s specialty.  She says now she's retiring. "No more competitive cycling for me," she explained in a text message from London. "This has been a challenging yet rewarding experience." 

Idaho Cyclist Ready For "Race Of Truth" In London

Jul 26, 2012

It’s 108 degrees on this strip of road in south of Boise. Cyclist Kristin Armstrong takes handfuls of ice and shoves them down her skin tight jersey. She laughs saying “I’m just trying to keep as cool as I can till the start.”  

She’s come out here nearly every Thursday night for the past eight years to compete in a local time trial outside of Boise. It’s nothing official. No medals get handed out but for this Olympian, “Ten Mile Creek Road” is a proving ground.

Olympic Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Headed To London

Jun 15, 2012
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Olympic gold medalist and Boise native Kristin Armstrong will represent the U.S. at the summer Olympics in London. Team selections were announced Friday for cycling. Armstrong will compete in the road race and get a chance to defend her 2008 medal in the time trial.

American Evelyn Stevens Wins Inaugural Exergy Tour

May 28, 2012
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Thousands of people lined 13th street in Hyde Park to cheer on some of the world’s top women pro cyclists Monday. This marked the final stage of the inaugural Exergy Tour. Four fighter jets flew low over the start line Monday morning as the cyclists lined up to begin the race.

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It was a rainy and cold day for women’s pro cycling Saturday. The Exergy Tour continued in Kuna with a ten mile individual time trial. The course, which simulates the time trial that will take place at the 2012 Olympics in London - brought three top finishes for Team Specialized – lululemon.  

American Amber Neben won the race, securing the Exergy Leaders jersey. She posted a time of just over 21 minutes. Her teammates Evelyn Stevens (USA) came in second and Clara Hughes (Canada) finished third. 

American Cliff-Ryan Wins First Stage Of Exergy Tour

May 25, 2012
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More than 100 professional women cyclists started the first stage of the Exergy Tour in a steady drizzle Friday. The 76.7 mile course took the racers past Lake Lowell, into the hills along the Snake River and up in the mountains before bringing the cyclists speeding across the finish line in downtown Nampa. 

Olympic Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Out Of Exergy Tour

May 24, 2012
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Canadian cyclist Tara Whitten won last night’s  Exergy Tour prologue. She rides for the American team, Tibco – To the Top. Gillian Carleton, who rides for the Canadian National Team, came in second followed by Team Specialized- lululemon's Clara Hughes. 

The three Canadians were at a press conference when Associated Press reporter John Miller asked if they'd heard that Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong had broken her collar bone during the prologue and was out of the Tour. His question was met with shock and sadness.