Kristen Maloney is a former Olympic gymnast who was part of the 2000 United States’ bronze-medal winning team in Sydney, Australia, Maloney was also a member of the 2001, 2003 and 2004 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins women’s gymnastics team. Maloney, who graduated with a degree in psychology in 2005, is serving in her first season as an assistant coach with the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team. Maloney coordinates the paperwork for numerous aspects of the program and is the primary choreographer. She co-teaches the movement and gymnastics exploration class with Associate Head Coach Ed Datti. She also is responsible for the UNH community gymnastics class program.
Maloney competed for the USA Gymnastics national team from 1994-2000. In addition to capturing a team bronze medal in the Sydney Olympics, she was the 1998-99 national champion, a 1999 Sullivan Award nominee and was the 1998 USA Gymnastics Sportswoman of the Year. She captured a gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
While at UCLA, Maloney made an amazing comeback from multiple leg surgeries and a two-year hiatus to earn 2004 All-America honors on bars (first-team) and in the all-around, vault and beam (second team). She placed second on bars at the NCAA Championships, recording a meet-high-tying 39.725 in the all-around to help the Bruins claim the NCAA team title. She was the NCAA Southeast Regional co-champion on vault and beam and the Pac-10 co-champion on balance beam, ranking fourth in the nation with an RQS of 9.925. Maloney was honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection and received the UCLA C.H.A.M.P.S. Inspirational Award.
In 2005, Maloney spent 10 weeks as the top-ranked gymnast. She became the first UCLA gymnast ever -and only the fourth gymnast in NCAA history- to score a perfect 10 on all four events. She won first place in the all-around, vault, beam, and floor at the Pac-10s, where she also was awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. Maloney also became only the second gymnast to earn All Pac-10 gymnastics team honors on all four events and the all-around. Maloney was named the NCAA West Regional Gymnast of the Year and placed 1st on vault, beam, and floor and 2nd in the all-around. At the 2005 NCAA championships Maloney placed 2nd in the all-around and 1st on vault and beam. Later that year Maloney was awarded the 2004-05 Honda Award for gymnastics, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate female gymnast.
Most recently, Maloney was a teacher and gymnastics instructor in New York and at Parkettes Gymnastics in Allentown, Pa. She previously performed for Cirque Du Soleil as an acrobat for the act of power track and as the bird and nymph main characters.
A native of Pen Argyl, Pa., Maloney was inducted into the Pen Argyl Area High School Hall of Fame in September 2010.