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NOV 2016

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SPORT November 2016 38 estled along foothills that rise to the north- eastern horizon with a broad river flowing through its heart, this capital city in Idaho's Treasure Valley embraces an independent Western spirit that appreciates the fruits of combining no-non- sense character with a strong work ethic. So a few thousand locals descended upon Municipal Park on a bright, toasty Sunday afternoon to honor the city's favorite daugh- ter, Kristin Armstrong. Piles of bright green "#TEAMKristin" T-shirts quickly vanished from tables — the smaller sizes the first to disappear — as swarms of kids, parents, grandparents and others buzzed around Municipal Park wait- ing to cheer their returning heroine. Officials delayed bringing the three-time Olympic gold medalist up on stage because police reported a huge traffic jam on the route to the celebration. Meanwhile, those who arrived on the packs of bikes scattered around the park got first dibs on T-shirts. "What's so neat is that Kristin is just so down-to-earth," said Kristie Thompson, who brought her daughter Ava and Ava's friend Grace Ewing, a pair of 9-year-old fans who later had gold medals placed around their neck by Armstrong after a running race. "My son goes to the same school as Kris- tin's son, so we got to know her. Watching her in Rio at the Olympics was a bit in- timidating but as soon as she got back, she just struck up a conversation like nothing changed. She's such a great role model." t Report SPORT Report AMERICAN WOMEN LEADING THE CHARGE IN BY JOHN REZELL Monica Volk winning the women's road race at Collegiate Road Nationals USA Cycling/Weldon Weaver

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