|Nombre completo||Carly Rae Patterson|
|Nacimiento||Baton Rouge, Luisiana, Estados Unidos, 4 de febrero de 1988|
|Club||World Olympic Gym Academy|
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Carly Rae Patterson (nació el 4 de febrero de 1988 en Baton Rouge, Luisiana) es una gimnasta estadounidense. Ella es la campeona del All-Around de los olímpicos del 2004. Actualmente vive en Allen, Texas.
Patterson estaba en la fiesta de cumpleaños de una prima en Baton Rouge's Elite Gymnastics club en 1994 cuando el entrenador Johnny Moyal (un tres veces olímpico por Israel) la vio y le preguntó a la mama si estaba recibiendo clases. Cuando la mama dijo que no, Moyal quedo impresionado con su talento natural. Luego Carly empezó a tomar clases. En 2000, Patterson participo en Top Gym Tournament en Bélgica; Gano la medalla de plata en All-Around y bronze en balance beam, el que ella ha dicho que es su favorito.
En los Goodwill Games de 2001 en Brisbane, Australia, ella estaba en la segunda posición en All-Around antes de la rotación final. Sin embargo ella tenía una enfermedad del estomago y aterrizo tres veces mal en el ejercicio de piso terminando septima en la competencia. Nevertheless, her balance beam routine was particularly spectacular, featuring what would become her signature double Arabian dismount (later to be named "the Patterson"). Carly Patterson also performed the double Arabian dismount at The 2004 Olympic Games, in Athens, Greece.
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. By this time, she was largely considered the future of American gymnasts and a viable candidate for the 2004 Olympic All-Around title. From 2002 onward, she would continue to win nearly every All-Around event she entered. She was forced to sit out the 2003 U.S. National Championships because of a broken elbow (a big disappointment for Patterson, as this was to be her first senior nationals). 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. It appeared Patterson would once again fight it out with Russia's Svetlana Khorkina in Athens.
Patterson won the all around at the prestigious American Cup competition in both 2003 and 2004. (This event helped to launch Nadia Comaneci's career before the Olympics in 1976.[cita requerida]) In 2003, Patterson was the youngest competitor, having just turned 15, and it was her first major senior competition. In 2004, she swept the meet, winning all four events and the all around, collecting a total of $14,000 for her wins ($10,000 for the all around, $1,000 per event).
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 trials, Patterson had two uncharacteristic falls on balance beam over the course of two days, dropping her to third place. Although she did not earn an automatic Olympic berth at this competition, her successful performances at the training camp following trials were more than enough to place her on the team. Few doubted that she was a huge contender for the Olympic All-Around title.
2004 Summer Olympics[editar]
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 under-rotated her vault, stubbed the low bar with her foot, and her beam routine was marred by wobbles and a lunge forward on the dismount: only on floor did Carly perform as well as she was capable of. She later admitted that she was more nervous than she had previously been in the competition. The U.S. team made other mistakes, such as Courtney Kupets costly missed turn on floor, and came away with the silver medal after having been favorites for gold.
In the Individual All-Around, Carly was back to her best and the competition proved to be the much-anticipated battle between Carly and legend Svetlana Khorkina. After scoring lower than usual on the vault (9.375), Carly was stronger 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, exactly twenty years before 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.
Leading up to the 2004 Olympic Games, she was prepared by her two former Soviet coaches: the famous Russian acrobat Evgeny Marchenko, who immigrated to the United States from Latvia after the Collapse of the Soviet Union, and Natalya Boyarskaya.