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January 12, 2000

Meet Kristen Maloney

Kristen Maloney is the country's top female gymnast. She hopes to lead the U.S. team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. But it won't be easy to match the success of the 1996 U.S. team, which won the gold medal.

The current U.S. team is inexperienced. It was sixth at the 1999 world championships. But Kristen's confidence should help steady her teammates. She isn't flashy, but she is a great athlete.

"Kristen jumps higher and spins faster than any other female gymnast in the world," says her coach, Jack Carter.

Kristen, age 18, lives at home with her mom and dad. But this "typical teen" would love to be on the medal podium at the 2000 Games. "It's been a dream of mine for years," she says.

STRANGE BUT TRUE

FACTS ABOUT SPORTS

A blizzard buried Washington before a 1960 game between the Redskins and the New York Giants.

A foot of snow made the tarp covering the field too heavy to pull off.

So the teams played on top of the snowy tarp. The Giants rushed for only one yard, but they came out on tarp, er, on top, 17-3!

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