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Olympian Kristin Armstrong Speaks Wednesday at U of I

April 09, 2018

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong will give an inspirational lecture, “Committed to Excellence,” on Wednesday, April 11, as part of the Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker Series on the University of Idaho campus.

A University of Idaho alumna, Armstrong won gold in the cycling time trial in three consecutive Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.

Her speech, which is sponsored by the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, begins at 6 p.m. in Room 106, the Agricultural Sciences Building auditorium on the Moscow campus. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Armstrong, who serves as women’s high-performance director for USA Cycling, earned a bachelor’s in exercise physiology in 1995 from U of I.

Katie Brown, assistant professor of foods, nutrition, and dietetics, said the school chose Armstrong for this spring’s Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker Series because of her holistic approach to sport and life. The two met during the ceremony to dedicate the bike path along Sixth Street and Paradise Creek in Armstrong’s honor last October.

Brown said Armstrong’s approach applies to the highest echelon of sport, and it applies to life. Armstrong said that if she ever writes a book it’s going to be about “the 1 percent” — the small things that separate champions from great athletes.

Athletes who are most successful often pay attention to all of the details, focusing on sleep, nutrition, training and all of the things that apply to performance.

“Kristin indicated that everything she will talk about can apply to everyone. People who are not athletes can still apply this commitment to excellence regardless of what their goals are,” Brown said.

Armstrong will also participate in Brown’s Integrated Seminar (ISEM) 301 class, “The Holistic Athlete.” During the course, the students hear from a wide array of people work with athletes, from ethicists to nutritionists.

“We thought that having Kristin Armstrong, who has the perspective of an elite Olympic athlete but also has experience in community health, would be a great person to talk about the holistic athlete from both ends of that spectrum,” Brown said.

Media Contact: 
Bill Loftus
Science writer, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

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