2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson will be in attendance at the Big 12 Gymnastics Championship at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas on March 19. Patterson, who took gold in the all-around in 2004 in Athens, Greece, will sign autographs from 3-4 p.m. CT and take part in the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the championship.
The autograph session will be conducted on the concourse inside of Dr Pepper Arena. Each fan will be presented with a special card on which they may obtain one complimentary autograph up until 4 p.m.
The meet will begin at 4 p.m. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $7 for youth and $5 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at Big12Sports.com/BuyTickets.
Patterson currently resides just east of Frisco, in Allen, Texas where she is pursuing a music career while also continuing to work with USA Gymnastics and several charitable causes.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Patterson became the first American woman in 20 years to win the All-Around Olympic Gold medal since Mary Lou Retton in 1984, as well as the first American woman to capture the Olympic all-around title in a fully attended Olympic Games. She also brought home a silver medal in her specialty, the beam, as well as another silver with the US women in the team competition.
Patterson began gymnastics in 1994, after attending a cousin’s birthday party at Elite Gymnastics in her hometown of Baton Rouge, La. Less than a decade later, she made her debut at the senior international elite level, winning back-to-back American Cup titles in 2003 and 2004, as well as the title of 2004 US Co-National Champion. Patterson was also a part of the 2003 World Championships team where she won a silver medal in the all-around and helped lead the US to its first World Championship team gold medal. It was also at this competition that her signature beam dismount (an Arabian double front) was officially named the Patterson. A year later, she achieved her ultimate goal in gymnastics by earning a trip to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Since the Olympics, Patterson appeared on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She also was featured on an NBC special and adorned the front of a Wheaties box. Patterson presented an award at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards; was recognized by Glamour Magazine at the 2004 “Women Of The Year” Award; and was honored as the March of Dimes’ “Sportswoman of the Year.”
In 2005, she was selected as one of Teen People’s “20 Teens Who Will Change the World;” walked the runway at New York Fashion Week to promote “The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection” to prevent heart disease; was nominated for the Sullivan Award honoring the best amateur athlete; and was nominated for an ESPY Award in the “Best Olympic Performance” category. She published her autobiography “Be Strong” and made an appearance in the movie “Stick It.”
Patterson began pursuing a music career after the 2004 Olympics and was signed by Music Mind Records in 2007. She released her first single, “Temporary Life” in March 2008 and her second single, “Time to Wake Up”, in February 2009. Patterson’s CD, “Back To The Beginning”, was released August 2009. Her song, “Here I Am”, was used for advertisement for the 2010 season of the TV show “Make It or Break It.”
In addition, Patterson made an appearance in the 2010 season of “Make It or Break It.” She has continued to work with USA Gymnastics at events, gymnastics camps and competitions. She also takes pride in coaching and appearances at many college events.
Patterson has been involved in many charitable causes such as Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network as well as numerous other local Dallas-based charitable causes. She is studying Journalism and is pursuing a public speaking career.