Kristin Armstrong says she’s hoping to return to competition to defend her time trial gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Just a month after giving birth, the two-time world time trial champion and defending Olympic champion told The Associated Press that she misses the rush of competition and believes she can be back in the hunt for another rainbow jersey for the 2011 world championships in Copenhagen.
“After I’d gotten in all the Nordic skiing that I needed to do, I realized my competitive drive wasn’t gone,” she told AP. “Most likely, the biggest challenges are not going to be about my training, or nutrition, the things that a lot of people struggle with to be at the top, it’s going to be about the challenges of raising a child.”
Armstrong retired after winning the 2009 world TT title, in large part because she wanted to start a family. With the arrival of her son, Luke, she’s decided that a run at another gold medal is just what she needed.
Armstrong, 37, said she’ll begin training in earnest this fall and focus on the domestic circuit for most of the 2011 season.