How it happened: Kristin & Lucas share a podium in London

How it happened: Kristin & Lucas share a podium in London »Play Video
Kristin Armstrong won gold in 2008, retired and became a mom. Shortly after, the itch to return to competition made her ask, "what's more than winning a medal in Beijing?"

The answer was simple, yet quite complex.

"Our vision was having [son] Lucas on the podium with us," she said Saturday.

It wasn't a premonition as much it was a plan - a goal.

"Obviously she wanted the gold metal," Armstrong's husband Joe Savola told KBOI-TV. "But when we talked about it after having Lucas, its like, just one of those neat story book things."

Creating the plan turned out to be the easy part. Executing it through the multiple layers of Olympic security was a different story.

"I wasn't going to ask for any special favors ahead of schedule with USA Cycling," quipped Savola while his wife mingled with fans at the Boise airport. "I didn't want to jinx myself or jinx Kristin."

As mom crossed the finish line as a gold medalist, husband and son made a mad dash towards the podium from the pub near the starting line where Armstrong's 12-person entourage watched the race.

Savola described the process: "The CEO of USA Cycling, Steve Johnson, I asked him for help. He had credentials, but he didn't even have credentials to get us where we needed to go. After some talking with the military [and] security guys, the State Department Security, the United States State Department, escorted us through, that was the key."

Father and son arrived just in time to watch Armstrong receive her gold and watch the American flag rise to the sound of the national anthem. Then Lucas climbed up to share the moment.

"I can't believe they got him through security and on that podium with me," Armstrong said. "When we were together on that podium it just kinda showed all the sacrifice that was put into it."

The importance of the moment centered around the togetherness of the entire process; Armstrong trained with Lucas on her back, and the balance of 22 months of training with the first two years of raising a child made her second gold medal a family affair.

"Twenty-two months was a roller coaster, I'm not gonna lie. It wasn't as easy as going into Bejing," Armstrong said Saturday.

"I didn't think that people, besides people like Michael Phelps, would ever be so lucky to live this moment twice."