Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Timeless

Narrowly missing out on defending her time trial championship at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany last fall, America's Kristin Armstrong once again proved that she is the queen of the race of truth by taking the historic Beijing Olympic Women's Time Trial.

Although she was not leading at the first time check of the 23.5km course, that honor belonging to Great Britain's Emma Pooley, the 35-year old Armstrong who celebrated a birthday Monday would clock a phenomenal 34.51 to finish 24.29 seconds in front of the aforementioned Pooley.

Perhaps just as amazing as Armstrong's gold medal ride was the incredible effort put forth by France's Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, who finished just off the podium. The 49-year old Longo-Ciprelli competed in her seventh Olympic Games, having won gold (1996) and silver (1992) on the road and silver (1996) and bronze (2000) in the time trial.

Armstrong's teammate, Christine Thorburn finished 5th.

Results
Gold - Kristin Armstrong
Silver - Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
Bronze - Karin Thurig (Switzerland)

Photo: AP

3 comments:

k2 said...

my hero and an inspiration to all US cyclists, proof that dreams do come true...

ScoTT said...

Kristin's gold is a true testimonial that hard work, dedication, and sacrifice prevail in the long run. She's such a great role model for all athletes to follow. It will be interesting to see if she continues to race after this year.

Granny's 30 said...

True dat Scott, hopefully we'll get the opportunity to ask her that ourselves...stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Timeless

Narrowly missing out on defending her time trial championship at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany last fall, America's Kristin Armstrong once again proved that she is the queen of the race of truth by taking the historic Beijing Olympic Women's Time Trial.

Although she was not leading at the first time check of the 23.5km course, that honor belonging to Great Britain's Emma Pooley, the 35-year old Armstrong who celebrated a birthday Monday would clock a phenomenal 34.51 to finish 24.29 seconds in front of the aforementioned Pooley.

Perhaps just as amazing as Armstrong's gold medal ride was the incredible effort put forth by France's Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, who finished just off the podium. The 49-year old Longo-Ciprelli competed in her seventh Olympic Games, having won gold (1996) and silver (1992) on the road and silver (1996) and bronze (2000) in the time trial.

Armstrong's teammate, Christine Thorburn finished 5th.

Results
Gold - Kristin Armstrong
Silver - Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
Bronze - Karin Thurig (Switzerland)

Photo: AP

3 comments:

k2 said...

my hero and an inspiration to all US cyclists, proof that dreams do come true...

ScoTT said...

Kristin's gold is a true testimonial that hard work, dedication, and sacrifice prevail in the long run. She's such a great role model for all athletes to follow. It will be interesting to see if she continues to race after this year.

Granny's 30 said...

True dat Scott, hopefully we'll get the opportunity to ask her that ourselves...stay tuned.