When Kristin was a child, she wanted to blend in with her peers, but she always stood out because she was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a condition that affects the structure of her facial bones and her hearing. In gymnastics, Kristin found herself surrounded by people who looked past her physical features and supported her.
Kristin says that she owes her confidence, determination and dedication to gymnastics. The strength she gained helped her through the physical pain from many surgeries and the emotional pain from stares and teasing. She learned that people will recognize her because of her face, but will remember her because of her perseverance.