Kristin Parker

Sport: Gymnastics

Year: Junior

Hometown: Hanford, CA

High School: Hanford HS

What is your favorite event?
I love vault, but I also love the floor routines that Val has choreographed for me the last three years!

Name your favorite former UCLA gymnasts and why:
Lena Degteva and Heidi Moneymaker because they were great leaders. When I came in as a freshman, they were very encouraging. They were excellent examples.

How old were you when you first started doing gymnastics?

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The different experiences I've been able to have as part of the UCLA Gymnastics team, whether it's been having fun in the gym or going out and winning a national championship.

Where was the toughest place you've ever competed?
My first meet as a freshman in Georgia

Do you have any pre-meet superstitions?
I wear my Elmo socks to the meet.

What was your most embarrassing moment in a meet?
I was walking off floor one time after nailing a great routine, and I tripped off the edge of the floor pretty badly. Since it was a smaller meet, everyone saw it and laughed.

What was your favorite moment of last season?
Winning Nationals. Going to Hawaii was a lot of fun too.

Why did you come to UCLA?
I loved the recruiting class that I visited UCLA with. The five of us are still here today. Also, I knew that I would receive a good education, and the campus was beautiful! I knew that coming to UCLA would put me in a situation that would make me grow as a person.

What is your favorite place on campus?
The Statue Garden

What class at UCLA have you liked best?
Education 192 - it gave me an opportunity to be a T.A. for other undergrads enrolled in Education 180, a class that pertains to adjusting and persisting in college.

If you could have superpowers, what would they be?
To fly

If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
1. More hours in the day. 2. A transporter so that I could travel anywhere I wanted in seconds. 3. World peace (for everyone who has seen "Miss Congeniality")

If you could meet any person living or dead, who would it be?
My grandfather. He passed away when I was very young, and I would love the chance to get to know him.

If you could travel in time, where would you go?
I'd like to travel cross country in a covered wagon and settle on a ranch.

What is your nickname?
Parker, Kritter, K-Bug

Who is the most famous person you've met?
John Wooden

Who do you admire most in life?
My parents and my boyfriend, Sam.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Living in North Carolina: catching fireflies and playing in the creek behind our house

What is the best Christmas or birthday present you've ever received?
A horse

What is something about yourself that few people know?
I have a pet goat named Flip.

What phrase or word do you use way too much?
"Hey babe!"

What is your favorite thing to do outside of sports?
Watch movies, go rollerblading