Kristin Armstrong Joins USAC as Endurance Performance Director, Smith Selected as Track Director

Olympian Kristen Armstrong

USA Cycling has announced that Kristin Armstrong Savola will join the Elite Athletics department as Endurance Performance Director.

“We are honored and very fortunate that Kristin will be joining USA Cycling in a vital role entirely focused on providing our best athletes with world class development expertise and access to the outstanding technical resources available to them from USA Cycling, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and our growing roster of High Performance Partners like Assos and Felt.  Our selection committee for this role was very enthusiastic about Kristin’s ability to do exactly that given her unquestionably distinctive qualifications for leading the next generation of American Olympic medalists.”

Performance Directors are tasked with ensuring that the needs of America’s top cyclists are fully met. They will work directly with athletes on developing objectives, monitoring progress, optimizing training and competition schedules, and fully leveraging all available resources from USA Cycling, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and USA Cycling technical partners – including world class coaching, state of the art equipment, wind tunnel testing, nutrition guidance, sports psychology, and more. The role will report to Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s Vice President of High Performance. Miller commented, “Kristin mastered the art of utilizing all available resources and focusing on every important detail to achieve her remarkable personal success – now she will be helping others to do the same.”

Armstrong Savola is the most decorated U.S. women’s cyclist of all time. She is the only female U.S. athlete to win the same individual event (time trial) in three consecutive Olympic Games, taking home the Gold in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. She is a two-time World Champion and has won six U.S. National Championships. Armstrong Savola holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Idaho.

“Cycling has given me so much and I want to give back,” said Armstrong Savola. “I did not achieve my success alone, and I know others can’t either. I’m really pleased USA Cycling asked me to help them improve their athlete development and support and I look forward to joining their impressive high performance team. My goal is to help others achieve their full potential.”

In addition, Travis Smith was selected to join the USA Cycling Sport Committee and will play an important role in developing competition rules and considering key issues relevant to Track Cycling. The VELO Sports Center is preparing for the UCI Masters Track World Championships which are free to attend and will take place from October 8-15, 2017 in Carson, CA at the StubHub Center.

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