2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Every Mother Counts campaign congratulates new mom Kristin Armstrong on winning gold
3 AUGUST 2012 —The Every Mother Counts campaign, founded by mother and model Christy Turlington Burns, was quick to congratulate American Kristin Armstrong, 39, with a story on its website after she won the gold medal in the Olympic cycling time trial on Wednesday, August 3, 2012. Kristin previously won gold in Beijing, but this time she had her two-year-old son, Lucas, to cheer her on. In an interview posted at www.teamusa.org, Kristin was candid about the challenges of training as a new mom saying, "It's been the hardest journey. It's been a hard 20 months leading up to [this race], a lot of ups and downs." Not only was Kristin breastfeeding when she began her training, but caring for a new baby didn't allow her body the rest necessary to recover from her gruelling training. Her coach Jim Miller said: "This time, it couldn't all be about her. It had to be abut Lucas and he had to be included...You normally don't have plastic toys at the start of a stage race."
About Every Mother Counts
Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.