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Kristen Maloney
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Maloney at the 2000 Olympic Games

Full name

Kristen Ann Maloney

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

March 10 1981 (1981-03-10) (age 36)
Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA

Years on National Team

1993-2001

Club

Parkettes National

Coach(es)

Donna Strauss

Current status

Retired

College team

UCLA Bruins

Kristen Ann Maloney (born March 10, 1981, Hackettstown, New Jersey), is a retired gymnast from Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, United States, who was coached by Donna Strauss in the 2000 Olympics and won bronze in the Team Event. Maloney was also the U.S. senior all-around National Champion in 1998 and 1999 and the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medalist on the balance beam.

Gymnastics Career

Maloney trained at the Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and was a consistent member of the U.S. national gymnastics team from 1993 to 2000. She competed in a variety of minor international competitions as a junior elite and, as a senior, qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials.

Although Maloney only finished fourteenth at the Trials and received little media attention in the shadow of the "Magnificent Seven", she was one of the most prominent American gymnasts from 1997 to 2000. The U.S. National Champion in the all-around in 1998 and 1999, Maloney was a key member of the American team at several major international meets. She participated in the 1997 and 1999 World Championships teams, earned a gold medal on the balance beam at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York, and won the all-around at the 1998 Pacific Alliance Championships. Maloney ended her elite career at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where she placed fourth with the American team and nineteenth in the individual all-around. The fourth place was upgraded to bronze ten years later after Chinese gymnast Dong Fangxiao was found to be too young to compete and the bronze-medal winning Chinese team was disqualified.

After the Olympics, Maloney attended UCLA on a full athletic scholarship and competed in NCAA gymnastics with the Bruins. There she earned All-American honors and scored perfect 10.0s at several meets, functioning as a strong team leader. In her final college competition, the NCAA Championships, Maloney placed second in the all-around behind teammate Tasha Schwikert, won gold on vault and floor, and displayed Olympic-level technique by successfully completing a double-twisting Yurchenko vault and a full twisting double layout on floor exercise.

Maloney was plagued by persistent injuries throughout her elite and collegiate careers. A nagging stress fracture led to placement of a titanium rod in her leg (whence her name "K-Rod" among some fans). In the wake of one wave of extremely serious injury and illness, Maloney missed two full years of competition with the Bruins; her subsequent return to full form earned her UCLA's C.H.A.M.P.S. Inspirational Award.

Maloney graduated from UCLA in 2005 and worked as a gymnastics coach in California. One of her gymnasts was Shavahn Church, a member of the British national team. She was living in Europe and working with Cirque du Soleil. She now teaches preschool in Queens, New York.

Maloney began working as an assistant coach for the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team in the 2010-2011 season.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1993Junior American Classic23
Junior U.S. Classic7
1994Junior American Classic8
Junior U.S. Classic4
Junior Coca-Cola Championships9
1995American Classic24
1996American Classic10
U.S. Classic7
Coca-Cola Championships144
World Stars9
U.S. Olympic Trials14
1997American Classic1st1st1st1st
Jon Hancock Championships3rd2nd53rd
American Cup63rd2nd2nd
International Team Championships2nd2nd
Lausanne World Championships6137
1998American Classic1st1st1st
John Hancock Championships1st2nd2nd1st3rd
American Cup3rd
International Team Championships1st1st
New York Goodwill Games1st
1999John Hancock Championships1st62nd
International Team Championships2nd2nd
Tianjin World Championships6
2000U.S. Classic2nd3rd2nd
John Hancock Championships2nd1st1st
U.S. Olympic Trials3rd
Sydney Olympic Games3rd20

Floor Music

1993 - "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller

1995 - "Sweet Georgia Brown" 

1996 - "Georgia On My Mind"

1997 - "Greased Lightning/Born to Hand Jive/ Rock 'n Roll Party Queen" from Grease

1998 - "All That Jazz/ Entr'act/ Hot Honey Rag/ Finale" from Chicago

1999 - "Overture/Dance at the Gym/Prologue" by Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story

2000 - "Istanbul" by Joe Carr and "Puttin on the Ritz" by Terry Snyder


U.S. National Champions
Donna Schanezer | Muriel Grossfeld • Marie Walther • Gail Daley | Doris Fuchs • Donna Schanezer | Linda Metheny • Carolyn Hacker • Linda Scott | Linda Metheny • Joyce Tanac • Cathy Rigby | Linda Metheny • Joan Moore Gnat | Cathy Rigby • Joan Moore Gnat • Tammy Manville • Denise Cheshire | Robin Huebner • Donna Turnbow • Kathy Johnson • Leslie Pyfer • Julianne McNamaraTracee Talavera • Dianne Durham • Mary Lou Retton • Sabrina Mar • Jennifer Sey • Kristie PhillipsPhoebe MillsBrandy JohnsonKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDominique DawesDominique MoceanuShannon MillerVanessa Atler | Kristy PowellKristen MaloneyElise RayTasha SchwikertCourtney KupetsCourtney Kupets | Carly PattersonNastia LiukinShawn JohnsonBridget SloanRebecca BrossJordyn WieberSimone Biles

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