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Kristen Babb-Sprague

Full name: Kristen Elizabeth Babb-Sprague
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: July 29, 1968 in Walnut Creek, California, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Synchronized Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Kristen Babb-Sprague won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in solo synchronized swimming, although it was contested. She was in a close contest with Canadian [Sylvie Fréchette], but Fréchette received one unusually low score which tilted the event to Babb-Sprague. It turned out that the Brazilian judge had mistakenly hit the wrong button for Fréchette and after an appeal, they were declared co-gold medalists. Fréchette had been favored, as the 1991 World Champion and World Cup Champion.

Babb-Sprague had finished second at the 1991 Worlds, after winning a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games, competing as Kristen Babb. She later married [Ed Sprague], a US Olympic baseball player who played in the Major Leagues from 1991-2001. In 1989 Babb-Sprague sustained a serious back injury and it was not certain she would compete again, but she recovered after a full year layoff. Babb-Sprague won 13 US titles in her career, with 4 solo, 1 duet, and 8 team championships. She also won a team gold at the 1991 Pan Pacific Championships, and a team silver at the 1986 Worlds. In 1997 she was inducted into the US Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming Women's Solo United States USA 1T Gold

Women's Solo

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS MRP FP
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming United States Final 1T 191.848 99.04 92.808
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming United States Qualifying 1 QU 191.328 98.52 92.808
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming United States Figures 1 QU 92.808
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