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Best Local Athlete 

Kristen armstrong For. The. Win. (And the win, and the win, and the win...)

Patrick Sweeney

Kristen armstrong For. The. Win. (And the win, and the win, and the win...)

Kristin Armstrong

Not only did Kristin Armstrong win her third straight gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, for her impressive performance in the Women's Time Trial, but she also took first place in our Best Local Athlete category. Armstrong was greeted at the Boise Airport by adoring fans when she returned home, and Boise loves her so much, Municipal Park was renamed Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park.

2nd Place: Allie OstranderBoise State University's Allie Ostrander may not have made it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer, but she made it pretty damn close. Racing against the best runners in the nation at the USATF Olympic Team Trials, she finished eighth in the 5,000-meter final. While this year's Olympics belonged to Kristin Armstrong, perhaps the 2020 Tokyo games belong to Ostrander.

3rd Place: Nick SymmondsWhile Nick Symmonds has competed in two Olympics and can run 400 meters in fewer than 50 seconds, that may not be what the Boise nearly-native is best known for. In January, the athlete's company—Run Gum—filed an antitrust lawsuit against USATF after Symmonds refused to sign a contract stating he would wear only Team USA or Nike gear at the world championships. Symmonds is fast, outspoken and sometimes referred to as the "Brad Pitt" of the track. That gets him the bronze medal in this year's Best of Boise.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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