Gymnast-turned-recording-artist Carly Patterson

Life After the Gold
April 17, 2008 10:19:07 AM PDT
Life After the Gold: Gymnast-turned-recording-artist Carly Patterson Carly Patterson took home gold and silver medals from the Olympics in 2004.At that international competition, she became the first American woman in 20 years to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the all-around title category since Mary Lou Retton. Now retired from gymnastics, Carly is working towards another type of gold: she wants a gold album. The 20-year old performer recently released her first single "Temporary Life (Ordinary Girl) through iTunes. She hopes to release her first album in August during the Beijing Olympics through the Chicago-based Musicmind records. She performed the song at the 2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in San Jose, California last month. The event will be televised this Sunday.

"We are extremely excited about Carly. She is poised to emerge as one of the unique music discoveries for 2008", says Tony Ferguson, General Manager for Musicmind Records.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Carly Patterson was years old when she attended a cousin's birthday party at a gymnastics club. A coach at the gym spotted her and encouraged her mother to allow her to join the gymnastics club. A natural talent, Carly made her gymnastics 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 U.S. Co-National Champion. Patterson was also a member of the 2003 World Championship Team where she won a Silver Medal in the all-around and helped lead the U.S. to their first ever World Championship team Gold Medal. It was also at this competition that Carly's signature beam dismount (an Arabian double front) was officially named "The Patterson". At the 2004 Olympic Games, Carly and her teammates earned the silver medal in the team competition and Patterson won the over-all title as the best woman gymnast in the world.

In 2006, Patterson retired from gymnastics because of back problems so she decided to pursue a life-long passion of becoming a recording artist. Since the games, Patterson has stayed occupied with event appearances (gymnastics related and otherwise), landed a number of high profile corporate sponsorships, appeared in a Mobile ESPN commercial aired during Super Bowl XL, appeared on Celebrity Duets with Jesse McCarthy (produced by Simon Cowell of American Idol fame) and finished her authorized biography Carly Patterson; Be Strong which is currently in bookstores nation wide.

For more information on Carly, visit www.carlypatterson.org and www.myspace.com/carlypattersonmusic.

To see her video Life after the Gold on YouTube:

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=ag5swT1_I_Q

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=d1Jlmdw_1Pc&feature=related

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=fOdu2K2Ribs&feature=related


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