Kristin Armstrong Savola


Kristin Armstrong Savola
Kristin Armstrong Savola

Date of Birth: August 11, 1973
Height: 5'8"/1.72m.
Weight: 128 lbs./58kg./9.14 st.
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Residence: Boise, Idaho
Pro Teams: Exergy TWENTY12 (2012), Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 (2011), Cervelo Lifeforce (2008-2009), Team Lipton (2006-2007), T-Mobile Women (2001-2005)
Education: University of Idaho (B.S. Exercise Physiology)

Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results

  • 2012 Olympic Games — London, England (Gold Medal in Time Trial; 35th in Road Race)
  • 2009 UCI Road World Championships — Mendrisio, Switzerland (1st in Time Trial; 4th in Road Race)
  • 2008 Olympic Games — Beijing, China (Gold Medal in Women's Time Trial)
  • 2007 UCI Road World Championships — Stuttgart, Germany (2nd in Time Trial; 13th in Road Race)
  • 2006 UCI Road World Championships — Salzburg, Austria (1st in Time Trial; 38th in Road Race)
  • 2005 UCI Road World Championships — Madrid, Spain (3rd in Time Trial; 17th in Road Race)
  • 2004 Olympics Games — Athens, Greece (8th in Women's Road Race)

National Championships

  • 2007 USA Cycling Elite Time Trial National Champion
  • 2006 USA Cycling Elite Time Trial National Champion
  • 2006 USA Cycling Elite Road Race National Champion
  • 2005 USA Cycling Elite Time Trial National Champion
  • 2004 USA Cycling Elite Road Race National Champion

Career Highlights

  • 1st place — 2011 & 2012 Amgen Tour of California Women's Time Trial
  • 1st place — 2012 Merco Cycling Classic, Merced, Calif.
  • 1st place — 2012 Tour of the Gila, Silver City, N.M. — Overall, Stages 1, 2, 3, 5
  • 2nd place — 2012 Tour of Flanders, Belgium
  • 1st place — 2012 San Dimas Stage Race — Overall, Stages 1, 2
  • 1st place — 2012 Energiewacht Tour — Stage 1 (ITT)
  • 1st place — 2012 Women's Tour Of New Zealand — Stage 1
  • 2nd place — 2011 Chrono des Nations, France
  • 1st place — 2011 Aspen/Snowmass Women's Pro Stage Race — Overall, Stage 2
  • 1st place — 2011 Sea Otter Classic — Overall, Criterium, Road Race, Time Trial
  • 1st place — 2009 SRAM Tour of the Gila — Stages 1, 3, 5 and Overall Classification
  • 1st place — 2009 Tour de L'aude Cycliste Féminin — Stage 6 
  • 1st place — 2009 Tour de Berne World Cup
  • 1st place — 2008 Tour of New Zealand — Overall
  • 1st place — 2007 Holland Ladies Tour — Overall
  • 1st place — 2007 Souvenir Magali Pache Lausanne — Time Trial
  • 1st place — 2007 Tour de Toona — Overall
  • 1st place — 2007 Nature Valley Grand Prix — Overall
  • 1st place — 2006 Tour de Toona — Overall
  • 1st place — 2006 Nature Valley Grand Prix — Overall

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.

Kristin Armstrong shows off her 2008 Olympic time trial gold medal.
Kristin Armstrong shows off her 2008 Olympic time trial gold medal.

Born in 1973 into a military family, Armstrong spent 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.

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