Kristen Babb-Sprague

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Kristen Babb-Sprague
Personal information
Full name Kristen Elizabeth Babb-Sprague
National team  United States
Born (1968-07-29) July 29, 1968 (age 49)
Walnut Creek, California
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Synchronized swimming

Kristen Elizabeth Babb-Sprague (born July 29, 1968) is an American former synchronized swimmer and an Olympic champion.[1][2]

Babb-Sprague was awarded a gold medal in the women's solo event at the 1992 Summer Olympics after a scoring scandal.[3] In the technical figures routine, a Brazilian judge accidentally entered a score of 8.7 instead of 9.7 for the Canadian swimmer Sylvie Fréchette, allowing Babb-Sprague to win the competition.[4] Fourteen months later, and after several appeals by the Canadian Olympic Committee, Fréchette's medal was upgraded to gold by the International Swimming Federation, while Babb-Sprague was allowed to retain hers.[3]

Babb-Sprague is married to former Major League Baseball player Ed Sprague.


  1. ^ "Profile: Kristen Babb-Sprague". Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Kristen Babb-Sprague". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 
  3. ^ a b "Buoyed by a judge's scoring blunder". Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ Buchalter, Bill (7 August 1992). "Babb-sprague wins synchronized gold". Chicago Tribune. USA. Retrieved 4 November 2014.