DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire assistant gymnastics coach and 2000 bronze-medal winning gymnast Kristen Maloney (Pen Argyl, Pa.) has been selected for induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday. Maloney will be formally inducted at the 2011 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony Friday, Aug. 19, in Saint Paul, Minn.
Maloney, who joined the UNH coaching staff under head coach Gail Goodspeed in August 2010, was a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Team that won the team bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Her successful elite career included: 1998-99 U.S. all-around champion; team and all-around titles at the 1998 Pacific Alliance Championships; vault gold and all-around silver medals at the 1999 International Team Championships and a balance beam gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Maloney was a member of the U.S. Team for the 1997 and 1999 World Championships and advanced to the event finals in the all-around (13th) and balance beam (seventh). Maloney competed for UCLA from 2001-05, helping the Bruins win the NCAA team title in 2001 and 2003-04. She won the NCAA's 2005 vault and balance beam gold medals and received the 2005 Honda Award for top female gymnast. Maloney was a 1999 Sullivan Award nominee and was the 1998 USA Gymnastics Sportswoman of the Year. Her gym club was Parkettes, where she was coached by Bill and Donna Strauss, and she was inducted into the Pen Argyl Area High School athletic Hall of Fame in September 2010.
"The UNH gymnastics program is so pleased to see Kristen's athletic accomplishments recognized with her induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame," Goodspeed said. "She is such a deserving candidate who continues to give back to the sport as a role model and assistant coach for collegiate women. We look forward to continuing to watch her develop as a coach and mentor the Wildcats."
Five athletes and one coach comprise the 2011 class of inductees for the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame: Maloney's 2000 Olympic teammate and team captain Elise Ray; 1972 Olympian Jim Culhane of Tomball, Texas (men's gymnastics); six-time world tumbling champion Jill Hollembeak of Chicago; 1992 Olympian Tamara Levinson of Los Angeles (rhythmic gymnastics); 1988 Olympian Chelle Stack of Clermont, Fla. (women's gymnastics) and coach Stacy Maloney of New Berlin, Wis., who coached 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm and his twin brother Morgan, both of whom competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
"Congratulations to the 2011 inductees, who are being recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to gymnastics," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Their contributions over the years have helped weave the rich tapestry of USA Gymnastics."
The 2011 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19, as part of the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show in Saint Paul, Minn., which is held in conjunction with the 2011 Visa Championships. Ticket and other information on the luncheon and induction ceremony will be available at www.usagym.org/hof.
The USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1959. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and group gymnastics. For more information, go to usagym.org.
In her first year as UNH gymnastics assistant coach, Maloney helped the Wildcats finish second at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship in March, the University's best finish since 2003.
For more information about the UNH gymnastics program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.