Repeat American gold-medal winners Allyson Felix, beach volleyballer Kerri Walsh Jennings, cyclist Kristin Armstrong and members of the unconquerable American women's eight rowing team are all unlikely to be back. The same goes for Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, two of the best gymnasts America has ever had.
Yet who would deny the single-gold-medal, history-making brilliance of decathlete Ashton Eaton (first to win consecutive decathlon titles since 1984), triathlete Gwen Jorgensen (first to win a triathlon title for Team USA), wrestler Helen Maroulis (first U.S. woman to win gold in her sport while beating a legendary three-time champion to do it) and Kristin Armstrong (the first cyclist to win a third straight title in the same event, the time trial, and, at 43, the oldest woman to win gold since a British archer 108 years ago).
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Hammer is hardly Dygert’s only mentor. There is her fiance, Logan Owen, an up-and-coming rider in his own right. There are the coaches at USA Cycling, on the road and the track. And there are those involved in her trade team, including two-time Olympic time trial gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.
Two-time Olympic time trial gold medalist and two-time world time trial champion Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Sho-Air) has been pulled from the U.S. Pan Am Championships team after confusion over the .