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Carly Rae Patterson was an American gymnast and is currently an aspiring professional singer. She currently lives in Allen, Texas. In 2000, Patterson participated in the Top Gym Tournament in Belgium; she won the silver medal in the all-around and the bronze medal for balance beam, which she has said is her favorite event. At the 2001 American Team Cup, she first performed her signature beam dismount, an Arabian double front. At the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, she was ranked second in the all-around before the final rotation. She was suffering from a stomach illness, however, and she missed three landings on the floor exercise and finished seventh overall. Patterson was named the U.S. Junior National All-Around champion in 2002. She had previously received fourth place in 2000 and third place in 2001. She was forced to sit out the 2003 U.S. National Championships because of a broken elbow. At the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, California, she earned the all-around silver medal —the first time an American woman had won an all-around medal at that competition since 1994. She also helped her team to earn the team gold medal. In 2004, she became a co-champion with Courtney Kupets in the all-around event at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. She also won the floor exercise and placed second on balance beam. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Patterson competed as an all-around athlete and delivered outstanding performances in the preliminary competition, finishing first overall, qualifying for the all-around and balance beam finals. In the team finals, Carly did not perform as well she did in the preliminaries. She later admitted that she was more nervous than she had previously been in the Olympic competition. The team made other mistakes and came away with the silver medal. Despite the fact that gold was the expectation. n the Individual All-Around competition, Carly once again performed like she did in the preliminary competition. After scoring lower than usual on the vault (9.375), Carly was nearly perfect on her last three events, scoring 9.575 on uneven bars, 9.725 on the balance beam, and 9.712 on the floor exercise. She won the gold medal, an achievement that had only been attained by one other American gymnast, Mary Lou Retton, during the 1984 summer games. Carly became the first American woman to ever win the Olympic All-Around title in a fully attended Olympic Games. Patterson has expressed interest in becoming a professional singer. On August 21, 2005, she gave an interview on FOX Sports Net's Sports Sunday in which she gave more details on her future career. She sang a small segment of "Damaged" and said that she went to New York City to record the demo. On December 18, 2005, she announced that she signed a demo contract for four songs with Papa Joe's Records, owned by Joe Simpson, father of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson. She worked with singer and writer Chris Megert. They wrote and produced songs titled "Time to Wake Up" and "Lost in Me". The demo contract with Papa Joe Records has since expired, and the future of her professional singing career is unknown. In late Spring 2007, Carly Patterson will be self-releasing an album of about 10 songs. Songs include "Lost in Me" and "Time to Wake Up". The album will be available online from her official web site, and the album will also be on iTunes. The songs were produced by Chris Megert, part of Papa Joe/ Geffen Records.
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