Armstrong was the last cyclist to take off and with the course becoming wetter by the minute in the morning rain, some worried she wouldn’t be able to log a fast time with the worsening conditions.
The worries were unfounded. The Boise, Idaho resident leaped out to a quick start, logging the fastest 10-kilometer split of the day with a time of 17:07.93, nearly five seconds better than the closest competitor.
The win makes her the first female U.S. athlete to win three gold medals in the same event during the Summer Olympics.
This win is on the day before her 43rd birthday.
Armstrong was a controversial selection for the U.S. team after her retiring from the sport after winning gold at the London Olympics.
She decided earlier this year to pursue a third gold medal. But she eschewed competing in the toughest races in Europe to spend more time with her family, much to the chagrin of rival riders who made the sacrifices of racing abroad.
Keep in mind that women are getting more consecutive Olympic golds then men, Kim Rhode has medaled in 6 straight Olympics, the best for men is 5 in luge