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Kristin Armstrong joins USA Cycling’s endurance program

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is joining USA Cycling as an endurance performance director. She will work with athletes preparing for world championships and other elite events.

USA Cycling vice president Jim Miller announced her hiring Monday.

Armstrong retired from competition after winning the time trial gold medal at last year’s Rio Games, her third straight in the race against the clock. She also is a two-time world champion and six-time U.S. champion while racing primarily the road race and time trial.

In her new job, Armstrong will work with athletes to develop objectives, monitor progress, optimize competition and training schedules. She will assist USA Cycling’s partners on such things as nutrition and psychology.

“Cycling has given me so much and I want to give back,” said Armstrong according to USACycling.org. “I did not achieve my success alone, and I know others can’t either. I’m really pleased USA Cycling asked me to help them improve their athlete development and support and I look forward to joining their impressive high performance team. My goal is to help others achieve their full potential.”

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Cycling: USA’s Armstrong makes it three-straight golds in Olympic time trial

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“Did I win? Did I win?”

Those were the first words out of Team USA cyclist Kristin Armstrong after finishing the women’s time trial Wednesday at the Rio Olympics.

She did, yes, and for the third-straight Games.

Armstrong took gold after pedaling a 44:24.42, winning by 5.5 seconds over silver medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia and almost 12 seconds better than Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands.

USA rider Evelyn Stevens finished sixth.

Kristin Armstrong just misses podium, Olympic spot in World Championships comeback

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Two-time Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong finished fifth in the World Road Cycling Championships time trial in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, in her biggest race since the London Olympics.

Armstrong, a 42-year-old mother, retired after repeating as Olympic time trial champion in 2012 and becoming the first U.S. woman to earn multiple Olympic cycling gold medals.

She unretired (for the second time in her career) earlier this year.

In Richmond, Armstrong finished fifth in 40 minutes, 50.45 seconds, which was 20.58 seconds slower than New Zealand winner Linda Villumsen on the 19-mile course. The Netherlands’ Anna van der Breggen took silver, with German Lisa Brennauer capturing bronze after winning the title last year.

Armstrong was the top American, six seconds faster than Evelyn Stevens, who took sixth after earning bronze last year.

Armstrong was the second starter of 44 in Richmond. She posted the fastest time early in the afternoon and then waited about two hours before somebody posted a faster time.

A top-three finish would have clinched a 2016 Olympic spot for any American. They can still earn spots on the team for the Rio Games at a later date.

Also Tuesday, three-time Czech Republic Olympic speed skating champion Martina Sablikova finished 12th for the second straight year. Sablikova qualified for the Rio Olympics, according to Czech media.

The World Road Cycling Championships continue Wednesday with the men’s time trial, featuring 2012 Olympic fourth-place finisher Taylor Phinney. Universal Sports (12:30-2 p.m. ET), NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra (2-4 p.m.) will have coverage.

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