Because She Can: Cyclist and Mom Kristin Armstrong Wins History-Making Third Gold Medal at 42

PEOPLE.com | 8/9/2016 | Staff
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In 2012, cyclist and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong retired from the sport on top, for a second time. Just four years later, she's won gold again – only one day before her 43rd birthday.

Armstrong, who came out of retirement in 2015, earned her third gold medal in the individual road time trial on Wednesday, becoming the first person ever to win the same Olympic cycling event three times in a row, according to The New York Times. She's also the third oldest woman in Olympic history to win an individual event.

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After celebrating her victory with 5-year-old son Lucas, Armstrong told reporters, "People have asked me, over and over: 'Why?' 'Why am I back?' And it's because I can."

"And I showed it today and I'm so proud and I'm so excited that I won my third gold medal," she said.

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She added to NPR, "I think that for so long we've been told that we should be finished at a certain age. And I think that there's a lot of athletes out there that are actually showing that that's not true."

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