At nine years old, Kristen was already speed skating, but she first started figure skating at only three years old. She first gained an interest in speed skating after she saw an advertisement on the Disney Channel. In addition to skating, Kristen also played high school soccer, and you can find her hiking, skiing or hanging out by the pool in her free time. After she finishes speed skating, she hopes to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
After finishing a heartbreaking 4th place at the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Kristen put together one of the best speed skating seasons heading into the 2022 Olympic Trials. In front of her family at the Trials, Kristen won two events. Look for Santos to represent Team USA in four events (500m, 1000m, 1500m and Team Relay) in Beijing.
BORN: NOVEMBER 2, 1994
HOMETOWN: FAIRFIELD, CT
2021 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 500M 4TH; 3000M 6TH; OVERALL 8TH; B 3000M RELAY BRONZE