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Kristen Maloney

Sport: Gymnastics

Born: March 10, 1981

Town: Hackettstown

Kristen Ana Maloney was born March 10, 1981 in Hackettstown. The Maloneys moved west to Pen Argyl, PA in the Lehigh Valley, where Kristen showed early promise at Donna and Bill Strauss’s Parkettes Gymnastics in Allentown. Kristen began competing in national and international events in 1993 and was invited to qualify for the 1996 Olympic team. She did not make the cut, but as members of the gold medal-winning “Magnificent Seven” concluded their competitive careers, Kristen rose to prominence.

In 1998, Kristen was the US all-around champion, and also won gold on the balance beam at the 1998 Goodwill Games. After repeating as national all-around champ in 1999—and being named USA Gymnastics Gymnast of the Year—she became a member of the US team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The squad—which included Dominique Dawes, Amy Chow, Tasha Schwikert, Elise Ray and Amy Dantzscher—was completely shut out of the individual medal tally, and finished fourth in the team all-around. A decade later, the IOC took away China’s bronze medal for using an underage gymnast. Kristen and her teammates received their bronze medals at a ceremony in Hartford.

By then, Kristen was a coach at the University of New Hampshire. In the intervening 10 years, she was an All-American at UCLA, scoring several perfect 10s during her college career despite a series of nagging injuries. In her final college event, in 2005, she won gold in the vault and floor exercise and finished second to Schwikert in the all-around. After college, she worked for Cirque du Soloeil in Europe. In 2017, Kristen was inducted into the UCLA Sports Hall of Fame.


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