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Idaho House honors Kristin Armstrong

Idaho House honors Kristin Armstrong

Dustin Hurst
March 15, 2010
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March 15, 2010

Kristin Armstrong "has devoted her life to becoming a world class athlete" and the Idaho House of Representatives has honored her for her gold medal performance in the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China.

Armstrong won the gold medal in the women's road time trial event.  According to her website, Armstrong, covered the course in"34 minutes, 51.72 seconds, more than 24 seconds faster than silver medalist Emma Pooley of Britain. Karin Thurig of Switzerland won the bronze medal with a 35:50.99, almost a full minute off Armstrong's pace."

The sponsor of the resolution, Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, a former cyclist himself, recognized Armstrong for several accomplishments outside of the world of cycling.

From the text of the resolution:

Kristin Armstrong is a community minded volunteer who promotes physical fitness and health and serves as an ambassador to the YMCA of Boise ... (and her) performance in the 2008 Summer Olympics has inspired an interest in cycling which promotes a healthy life style and enhances the image of the state of Idaho as a vibrant cycling community.

The resolution also calls Armstrong "a positive and inspirational role model for all of us."

Armstrong and her husband, Joe Savola, were in attendance as the House passed the resolution.  There is no word on if any lawmakers will honor Boise's Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who won gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics after landing his signature move, the "Hurricane," in freestyle ski jumping.

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