USA Cy­cling re­places Arm­strong for Pan Am

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY DAVE SKRETTA

USA Cy­cling re­placed two-time Olympic gold medal­ist Kristin Arm­strong on its ros­ter for next month’s Pan Am Cham­pi­onships on Fri­day af­ter ques­tions sur­faced about the cri­te­ria used in pick­ing the four-mem­ber women’s team.

Up-and-com­ing star Tayler Wiles took Arm­strong’s place in the time trial. The rest of the team head­ing to Leon, Mex­ico, re­mained the same with Car­men Small rid­ing in the time trial, then join­ing Lau­ren Hall and Co­ryn Rivera in the road race.

Arm­strong, who re­tired af­ter the 2012 Lon­don Games, re­cently an­nounced a come­back with an eye on de­fend­ing her Olympic time trial ti­tle at the Rio Games next year.

“I know that noth­ing is given in this sport. Suc­cess takes sig­nif­i­cant hard work and prepa­ra­tion,” she said in a state­ment. “When I made the de­ci­sion to re­turn I com­mit­ted my­self to this reg­i­men and I don’t want any­thing given to me. Like al­ways, I want to earn it.”

The dis­pute over the Pan Am ros­ter be­gan when USA Cy­cling used re­cent mod­i­fi­ca­tions to its se­lec­tion cri­te­ria that placed greater em­pha­sis on quan­tifi­able met­rics, such as a rider’s power out­put. But some ar­gued the chang­ers were not pub­lished in a timely man­ner, so USA Cy­cling agreed to re­con­sider the team us­ing more sub­jec­tive cri­te­ria put in place in 2008.

Un­der those cri­te­ria, the sport’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body con­sid­ered three broad cat­e­gories: medal ca­pa­bil­ity, the abil­ity to en­hance team per­for­mance and fu­ture medal ca­pa­bil­ity.

Arm­strong, who also won Olympic gold in Bei­jing, said that she sup­ports the de­ci­sion of USA Cy­cling and the rid­ers se­lected, and that her come­back plans will con­tinue else­where.

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