Wednesday, August 13, 2008

National Peanut Board Congratulates Kristin Armstrong, Peanut Butter Devotee and America's Newest Gold Medal Winner

PRNewswire/ -- Olympic cyclist Kristin Armstrong represented the United States in both the time trial and road race for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and today, took home the gold in the time trial event. What food does Armstrong reach for when powering up for races? USA-grown peanuts and peanut butter, of course.

"Whether I'm training, competing or taking a break, I've always turned to peanut butter. It gives me sustained energy, it's portable and it just tastes great," Armstrong said. "What's not to love?"

Peanuts and peanut butter provide energy for daily tasks and adventures for people of all lifestyles and ages, including Armstrong who turned 35 on August 11. USA-grown peanuts contribute more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients . like protein, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese . and have zero cholesterol and no trans fats. Plus, with seven grams of satisfaction in every serving, peanuts certainly satisfy. All that and they taste great, too.

"America's peanut farmers couldn't be more proud of Kristin and all our US Olympic athletes, and knowing that what we grow helps them compete and win at all levels," said Raffaela Marie Fenn, president and managing director of the National Peanut Board.

These are the second Olympic Games for Kristin and her first Olympic medal. Boise-based Armstrong has won gold and silver during world competition and has been USA's National Time Trial Champion two consecutive years.

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