BOISE, Idaho — Two Idahoans are up for possible enshrinement in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic halls of fame.
The 3-time Olympic gold medalist and Boisean, Kristin Armstrong, is among the class of 2022 nominees for the U.S Olympic hall of fame.
Armstrong is the first and only female summer Olympian to win gold in the same event three times.
After graduating from the University of Idaho in 1995, Armstrong began training as a triathlete with the goal of competing in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
After finishing eighth in the cycling road race at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Armstrong won gold medals in the cycling time trial in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. She made history in Rio when she became the first female athlete to win gold in the same individual event in three Olympic summer games. She retired from competitive cycling after Rio.
After she won gold in Beijing and London, Armstrong was presented with Boise's Key to the City, and an eight-mile stretch of Bogus Basin Road was named the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway in her honor. For gold medal number three in 2016, the City of Boise renamed Municipal Park, in the city's East End, Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park.
Staff members for Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch presented Armstrong with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol Building, and kids from the YMCA gave her medals of honor, signifying each of her Olympic golds.
Armstrong also owns a series of lifestyle and fitness centers throughout the Treasure Valley called ‘Pivot Lifestyle and Fitness by KA.’
While the gym has many high-performance programs for experienced athletes to improve their skills, it is also a place that can take anyone from couch to fitness in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment.
Muffy Davis, a former Idaho state representative and current Blaine County commissioner, was nominated for the Paralympic Hall of Fame in Para Alpine Skiing, Para-cycling. Davis, who was paralyzed in a ski crash as a teenager, has won Paralympic medals seven times in the sports of alpine skiing and cycling and served on the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board.
Fans can help select the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2022 in an online vote that is open until Monday, May 16.
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