Kristin Armstrong will defend her Olympic time trial championship Aug. 1 in London, despite breaking her clavicle in the May 25 prologue of the Exergy Tour in Boise. Armstrong won gold at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Armstrong was also selected to the road race team.
USA Cycling announced its women's cycling team Friday, placing two riders in the time trial and four in the road race (scheduled for July 29). An eight-member selection committee was appointed to choose Olympic riders, with input from athletes and coaches.
Armstrong's Olympic status became a question mark when she crashed near the Boise Depot on May 24, the opening day of the $100,000 international cycling race. A defiant Armstrong, 38, made a surprise appearance at the Exergy Tour the next day, arriving just hours after surgery. She dismissed any notion that the injury would impede her quest for a third consecutive Olympic berth.
"The chances are not gone. I just want to make that straight now. I feel very confident, " Armstrong said at the time. "I want to make it clear that I have nine weeks and I'll be on my trainer in about two days. A little break for an athlete is sometimes a blessing in disguise."
Said Connie Carpenter, the 1984 Olympic road race gold medalist and race analyst for the Exergy Tour: "She has to be one of the four. She has already proven herself over the course of the year.''
Armstrong had won every time trial she entered this season, until Exergy, including victories over reigning world champion Judith Arndt, Canadian champion Clara Hughes and Evelyn Stevens, the U.S. champ. Despite the crash, Armstrong finished 13th in the Exergy prologue, just eight seconds behind the winner.
"I have no doubt. I actually have no doubt that she'll be doing the time trial, " said Armstrong's husband, Joe Savola. "She is the strongest in the world."