Kristin Richard is a freelance writer. Adding to that she is also a contributing editor for Runner’s World magazine. Apart from being a writer, Kristin is famous as the ex-wife of Lance Armstrong. He is a former professional road racing cyclist having won many championships.
The two married shortly after their first meeting while working. Regardless, the marriage couldn’t last long as Kristin felt smothered by their marriage as if she had lost herself along the way. Although the former pair battled cancer together, they couldn’t do the same for their marriage.
So, in today’s article, we will discover more about Lance Armstrong’s wife Kristin Richard’s marriage and divorce. Alongside, we will also include her age, children, net worth, and other fewer known details.
How old is Kristin Richard? Her religion and ethnicity
Kristin Richard was born in 1972. So, as of 2022, we believe, she is now 50-yrs-old. However, the former wife of Lance Armstrong has not yet revealed her exact birthday or birth month. Also, she was likely born and raised in Austin, Texas.
Going to her religion, Kristin is a Catholic. She once mentioned how her faith in God helped while coping with divorce.
“…I’m a Christian…Catholic. I’ve always been this way, but I think definitely any time you go through a season or trial in your life, your faith deepens. It’s something beautiful that comes out of a difficult time. At least, it worked that way for me. There’s no doubt about it, I wouldn’t have made it without it.”
Other than that, she has not disclosed any details regarding her parents, or siblings. As for her nationality, she is an American belonging to the Caucasian ethnic group.
Her educational details
As far as her education is concerned, she completed her master’s degree in counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin.
Kristin Richard Professional Career
Before meeting her ex-husband Lance Armstrong, Kristin was working in an advertising and public relations firm. At the office, she used to work as a manager and account executive. Later, she left her job to become a full-time housewife and a devoted mom.
After Kristin’s divorce, she got back to working again. She then worked as a freelance writer while publishing her books such as Heart of My Heart: 365 Reflections on the Magnitude and Meaning of Motherhood, Work in Progress: An Unfinished Woman’s Guide to Grace, and Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run, etc.
Furthermore, she is also contributing as an editor for Runner’s World magazine since 2004. As an editor, she mostly writes for Mile Markers column where she pens her unfiltered raw thoughts.
Kristin’s relationship with Lance Armstrong
Kristin and her soon-to-be husband first met in the year 1997 during a press conference. At the time, Kristin was working for the company which was holding Lance’s press conference. Lance had just finished his chemotherapy in their first meeting.
Kristin remembers how she felt when she saw bald Lance for the first time.
“He was bald and cute, and it was a business relationship at first that evolved into a friendship.”
It didn’t take them long to involve romantically and just after a few months of dating, Lance went down on his knees to propose to Kristin. She said “YES” and the two went down the aisle on May 8, 1997, in Santa Barbara, California.
After the marriage, Kristin left her job and moved to France to support her husband’s career as a cyclist.
Why did the former couple divorce?
The one-time fairytale came to an end as the former partners decided to split up. As for their reason to go different ways, it was probably Kristin that couldn’t stay in a smothered relationship any further.
While in a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Kristin revealed that she had lost herself while being Lance’s wife and her children’s mother. She started feeling suffocated as soon as two weeks into their marriage when she was there writing all thank you notes for those who attended the wedding. She felt as if she went from a self-sufficient woman to someone who says ‘yes’ to please others.
Furthermore, there were days for her when she couldn’t even follow the faith that she believed in so that she could be a great devoted wife and mom.
So this once-devout Catholic stopped going to church because it was inconvenient. Between my husband’s seven-day training schedule and the impossibility of my attending solo with twin infants and a rowdy toddler in a cathedral with a Latin mass and no nursery, I gave up. I quit reading late into the night because the light was bothersome to a tired athlete who needed sleep.
She reminisced the old days when was an independent self. And now she was a mom with a toddler weeping at midnight for no reason while feeling terrifyingly alone. Kristin herself had become a woman whom she loathed as someone “who gave up their jobs, stayed home to take care of children, or relied on men for anything.”
The ex-couple then divorced in 2003 as they couldn’t face the differences which appeared during their marriage.
Kristin’s life post-divorce
As someone who never imagined divorce as a part of her life or family’s legacy, divorce negatively impacted Kristin’s mental state. There were only a few things she could do to divert her mind from the fairytale marriage she wished she had.
So, as a way to cope with the falling marriage, Kristin chose to be an author and a marathoner. Kristin started running as her friends convinced her. Soon enough, she was running as a way to escape the unhappiness that came from a fallen marriage. Kristin said as she ran, she learned to embrace her pain.
“Now I’ve embraced my pain and realize it’s O.K. to be sad. Now I can say, ‘Lance has the life he wants, and that’s his now.’ Even though my life isn’t the family life I had planned, I’m happy with it. For the kids, I have to be.”
In addition to that, Kristin actively engaged in writing. She wrote as many as six books which also included her daily devotional Happily Ever After Walking with Peace and Courage Through a Year of Divorce.
She shares three children with her ex-husband Lance Armstrong
Although Kristin’s marriage with Lance was short-term, the couple was blessed with three children, a son, and twin daughters. The firstborn was their son Luke Armstrong born on 13 October 1999. Soon after the former lovers welcomed their twin daughters Isabelle Armstrong and Grace Armstrong on 21 November 2001.
As Kristin’s ex-husband Lance suffered from testicular cancer, the pregnancy with all three kids was possible as Lance had his sperms banked three years prior to his cancer chemotherapy and surgery.
Both her daughters attend Texas Christian University since 2020. Meanwhile, her son Luke is a graduate of Rice University. Also, like their mother, Kristin’s children also love to hike and run.
In an article by Kristin on Mile Markers, she wrote how she loved running alongside her daughter Grace as a mother’s day present. Also, to Kristin’s surprise, her kids made her dinner the same day as a way to thank her.
Kristin’s ex-husband Lance Armstrong’s relationship with Anna Hansen
As far as the news goes, Kristin didn’t go for another marriage after splitting up with Lance Armstrong. However, her ex-husband found someone new to move on to as soon as the divorce was finalized.
Lance become engaged to singer Sheryl Crow in Sept 2005. However, the ex-pair shortly annulled their engagement a year later in 2006.
Later, Lance started dating Anna Hansen in July 2008 whom he met through charity work. The two’s romance has blossomed till now with two children in between. They are Max Armstrong born in June 2009 and Olivia Marie Armstrong born in October 2010.
Despite having a long-term relationship and two kids, the couple is yet to tie the knot officially. Anna also shares a great relationship with Kristin’s kids as she is often seen posting photos with them on her Instagram handle.
Kristin Richard’s Net Worth
Although Kristin is yet to reveal her exact income, sources believed she has gathered a wealth of as much as $32 million. Furthermore, if some sources are to be believed Kristin was compensated with $14 million as a divorce settlement alimony.
On the other hand, her ex-husband Lance Armstrong’s net worth is believed to be around $50 million. Most of his fortune came through his career as a professional cyclist who won Tour de France continuously for seven years.