Top 50 Stories: 2012 - Kristin Armstrong gets a second gold

Boisean becomes the state's only two-time Olympic gold medalist

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comJune 2, 2014 

Kristin Armstrong photo from August 2012

This article was published Aug. 2, 2012.

Kristin Armstrong overcame osteoarthritis, which ended her triathlon career, to become an Olympic gold medalist in time trial cycling in 2008.

But it was Armstrong's path to a second Olympic gold that was truly storybook.

The University of Idaho graduate and Boise resident retired after winning gold in 2008 to focus on her family, giving birth to her first child, Lucas, in September 2010.

But Armstrong was soon back on her bike, training for London with a big race in Boise serving as her sendoff and final tuneup just weeks before the Olympics.

In that event, she fell, breaking her clavicle.

It didn't stop her.

Armstrong crushed the field. Then carried her son to the podium with her.

"The reason I came back was because of the feeling I got back in Beijing on the top step," Armstrong said after the race. "But I couldn't imagine anything better than being on the top step with my son."


The popular Armstrong, a regular at Boise community events and always willing to share her medals, is Idaho's lone two-time Olympic gold medalist, though the state has produced several Olympic champs:

• Gretchen Fraser, Sun Valley, 1948 slalom.

• Bill Johnson, Boise, 1984 downhill skiing.

• Picabo Street, Sun Valley, 1988 Super G.

• Kaitlyn Farrington, Bellevue, 2014 snowboard halfpipe.

Brian Murphy: 377-6444,Twitter: @MurphsTurph

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