USACYCLING  • Kristin Armstrong-Savola
Women's Road Team - Gold

Kristin Armstrong-Savola

Professional road bicycle racer and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

D.O.B August 11, 1973
Weight
Height 5'8"/1.72m
Birthplace Memphis, Tennessee
Hometown Boise, Idaho
Residence Boise, Idaho
Education University of Idaho (B.S. Exercise Physiology)
Pro Teams Energy TWENTY12 (2012), Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 (2011), Cervelo Lifeforce (2008-2009), Team Lipton (2006-2007), T-Mobile Women (2001-2005)

Biography

Born in 1973 into a military family, Armstrong spend her early childhood in Tennessee and California before attending high school in Japan. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Idaho and worked as a project manager for an advertising agency.
Born in 1973 into a military family, Armstrong spend her early childhood in Tennessee and California before attending high school in Japan. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Idaho and worked as a project manager for an advertising agency.

Prior to becoming one of the world's top competitive road cyclists, Kristin was a world-class runner, swimmer and triathlete. She's even a veteran of multisport's most grueling event, having competed in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in 1999. During her career as a professional triathlete, Kristin was diagnosed was osteoarthritis of the hips and was forced away from high-impact activities such as running. Cycling was considered the best form of therapy for her condition, and by 2003 Kristin was recognized as one of the top American cyclists.

After placing eighth in the road race in her Olympic debut in Athens in 2004, Kristin Armstrong returned to the Olympics in 2008 and set such a scorching pace in the women's time trial that no rival could match it. She went on to collect her second world time trial title in 2009 before retiring at the end of the season.

While pregnant in 2010, Kristin remained heavily involved in cycling. In addition to directing the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 team, she also hosted the Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy, which gave cyclists of all ages camp-style coaching that focuses on skill and technique, as well as goal-setting.

After taking a one-year break to give birth to her first child, Lucas, Kristin and her husband, Joe Savola, announced in the fall of 2010 that she would rejoin the sport. Kristin returned to her gold-medal form to once again win the women's time trial at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

She is a co-owner of K-Edge Cycling Solutions, a component manufacturer that got its start designing and manufacturing chain catchers for Kristin's Olympic bikes. Kristin is also active with the YMCA, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and a number of community-building activities.

Points of Interest

Besides American cycling legend, Greg LeMond, Kristin is the only other American in history to win three career medals at the UCI Road World Championships.

In her first season of international track competition, Kristin won a bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the 2005 UCI Track World Cup in Sydney.

Kristin is often asked if she was Lance's wife, referring to the seven-time Tour de France winner's former wife of the same name. She is not.

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