Karen Hastings was born on February 12, 2002 in Ohio to Dan and Debbie Hastings. She has a younger brother, Danny and two dogs named Puddy and Bucky. Currently, Karen is an honor student at Jackson High School and she will graduate from high school. She is a senior editor of her school's yearbook. When she has time outside of gymnastics, she enjoys drawing, graphic design and photography. Karen's grandpa inspires her. He was a college wrestler when he was younger and he taught Karen to never give up and always go after her dreams.
Her mom soon signed Karen up her up for classes when she was seven at a local gym. As a level 7 gymnast in 2014, Karen placed fifth in the all-around and second on uneven bars at the State Championships. In the summer of 2014, Karen moved to International Gymnastics Training Center in Akron, OH and has been there ever since.
Karen moved up to level 8 for the 2015 season where she placed eighth on vault at the State Championships. In 2016, she finished fifth on vault and uneven bars at the Level 8 State Championships. She qualified to the Region 5 Championships, finishing fifth on vault. In 2017 as a level 9 gymnast, Karen finished eighth on vault at the State Championships and qualified to the Region 5 Championships. Karen also competed for her high school gymnastics team where she qualified to Sectionals and Districts.
Karen trains 17-22 hours per week at Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center (DMGC) in Medina, OH under coach Dominique Moceanu. Her long-term goal is to compete for a college gymnastics team.