Kristen was an accomplished skater in both Long Track and Short Track competitions. She won her first National Short Track Championship in 1985 as a Juvenile. She went on to win National Championships in Long Track as a Junior (1986) and a Senior (1991, 1993) and in Short Track as an Intermediate (1988, 1989). She was a member of the Junior World Long Track Team (1989, 1990), the World Short Track Team (1989), and the Olympic Long Track Teams (1988, 1992, 1994). Kristen captured a Silver medal at 500m as a member of the 1990 Junior World Long Track Team. Kristen was born into a speedskating family. Both her maternal grandparents were speedskaters as well as both her parents and her brothers. Kristen started skating at the age of two and competing at four. Her grandfather, Vernon Green, flooded his backyard for a skating rink for her to learn to skate and later on took her skating at the local rinks. Kristen has contributed in a very positive way to the sport of speed skating. She always exhibits a sense of good sportsmanship and fair play. She has always taken the time to help younger skaters and has been a good role model for them as well as a good representative for her sport. After retiring from active competition she has continued to contribute to the sport as a coach and athlete representative. Kristen was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on April 24, 2004 in Saratoga Springs, New York.