Three-Time Idaho Olympian Won't Be At Opening Ceremonies

Jul 27, 2012

Idaho cyclist Kristin Armstrong is in London getting ready for Sunday’s 86-mile road race through the English countryside. This is Armstrong’s third Olympics, and she says she won’t take part in today’s opening ceremonies.

Armstrong: “You have to stand on your legs quite a bit, and it’s a real hard thing to give up because it’s part of the whole Olympic movement, and it’s amazing when they announce team USA. It’s something that I’ll always relive, but I can’t sacrifice the results.”

Armstrong remembers the opening ceremonies at her first Olympics in Athens, Greece. She says she’ll always have that moment, but right now she’s focused on Sunday’s road race. Then Armstrong competes in the individual time trial on Wednesday. That’s when she’ll defend the gold medal she won at the Beijing games.

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