Armstrong cheers on teammates, vows to return

Olympic champion and Boise native Kristin Armstrong watched teammates from the finish line immediately after undergoing surgery for a broken left collarbone.

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by KTVB.COM and Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 1:50 PM

NAMPA -- Despite undergoing a mid-morning surgery to repair her broken left collarbone, Olympic gold medalist and Boise native Kristin Armstrong was present at the finish line of the 2012 Exergy Tour Stage 1.

Armstrong is widely regarded as the world's top rider when it comes to women's time trial cycle racing.

The reigning Olympic-champion fell and broke her collarbone during the Boise Prologue of the 2012 Exergy Tour, leading many to speculate that her hopes to make the 2012 USA Olympic Team could be in jeopardy.

However, on Friday Armstrong told KTVB that she's confident that she'll be selected to ride in the 2012 London Olympics.

Armstrong, who had several pins placed in her collarbone during Friday's surgery, appeared in high spirits during the race, cheering on her teammates and even joking with reporters.

She told KTVB's Mark Johnson that she plans to be back on a training bike in the next few days, and anticipates returning to her road bike in the next few weeks to continue training.

Armstrong now has nine weeks to heal and return to racing form before the Olympics
 
The official selection committee will pick riders for the American team on June 15.

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