12:57 p.m. EDT, April 28, 2010
Pen Argyl gymnast wins Olympic medal — 10 years later
China today was stripped of a team bronze medal in women’s gymnastics from the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, elevating the United States — and Pen Argyl’s Kristen Maloney — to third place and the bronze.
In a ruling made in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the International Olympic Committee ruled that China used an underage gymnast in the Sydney Games. An investigation determined that a Chinese gymnast was 14, and gymnasts must be 16 or older — or turn 16 during the Olympic year — to be eligible.
Maloney, who trained with the Parkettes and later became an NCAA champion at UCLA, said in a 2008 interview with The Morning Call that the U.S. did “great” in the team competition in 2000.
“We had a really good team final even though we came in fourth,” she said. “Sometimes the other teams are just better, as long as you’re satisfied with your effort.”
Romania and Russia won the gold and silver, respectively, in Sydney.
Maloney was one of three U.S. women to vie for the all-around title in Sydney, but finished 20th after she landed short on her dismount from the balance beam, which knocked her out of the top 10.
Kristen Maloney was born on March 10th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristen_Maloney
March 10th, 1981
3 + 10 +1+9+8+1 = 32 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Winning. Victory. Triumph. Champion. Mighty. Glory. Pride. Great. Top 10. First place. Number 1. Olympics. Medal.
3 + 10 +2+0+1+0 = 16 = her personal year (from March 10th, 2010 to March 9th, 2011) = Surprises. Shocks. Instantaneous. Sudden. Astonishment. Astounding. Spectacular. Amazing. Amazement. Speechless. Unprecedented.
16 year + 4 (April) = 20 = her personal month (from April 10th, 2010 to May 9th, 2010) = Turning point. Judgement. Resolution. Final decision. Final answer. Deliberations. Verdict. Judges.