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Boise cycling community celebrates Armstrong victory

Kristin Armstrong takes home third gold medal
Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 19:16:40-04

As Kristin Armstrong crossed the finish line in Rio de Janeiro, taking home her third gold medal for the individual time trial, members from the Boise cycling community were cheering her on from home.

"Oh yeah, we were up at 0-dark-thirty getting dialed in and ready to watch the whole thing," George's Cycles co-owner Mike Cooley said.

Cooley has known Armstrong for decades, becoming close friends over the past 20 years. He says Armstrong was nervous before heading to Brazil for the Olympics, but now she can relax, after becoming the first American cyclist to win three gold medals.

Just one day before her 43rd birthday, the professional female cyclist crossed the finish line in 44 minutes and 26.42 seconds.

For Mike and the entire Boise cycling community, it's a huge milestone for what may be Armstrong's final chance to represent the US.

She also took home gold medals in 2008 in Beijing, and in 2012 in London.

"With her winning three at the professional level, it's a pretty big deal," Cooley said.