Memphis-born cyclist makes U.S. Olympic Team

Kristin Armstrong
Kristin Armstrong

(WMC-TV) – Memphis-born cyclist Kristin Armstrong will be representing the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Armstrong was announced as an official member of the U.S. Olympic cycling team despite an injury in May that put her Olympic dreams in question.

About a month and a half ago, Armstrong broke her collarbone when she crashed during the Exergy Tour in Boise, Idaho.

She had surgery the same afternoon and showed up to the finish line hours later to cheer her teammates on as they finished the race.

She hoped her cycling season would be strong enough to still make the Olympic team despite the crash.

Her perseverance paid off. USA Cycling announced the team Friday and Armstrong's name was on the list.

"When we decided that we wanted to make a comeback it was to do it all the way, to go for gold again. I think that these next six weeks, I want to enjoy the journey, I want to enjoy every minute of it because there is a big risk in coming back," Armstrong told our Boise affiliate, KTVB, in an interview Friday.  "I left the sport in 2009 on top of the world. I was world champion, I was current Olympic champion, and so to come back, I didn't come back to participate, so my focus has to be really laser focused now and I have to give it everything I have."

In 2008, Armstrong proved to be one of the best time trialists in the world. She won the gold medal in the women's individual time trial during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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