In 2006, Carly graduated from Spring Creek Academy.
Carly is coached by Evgeny Marchenko and trains with Hollie Vise.
Carly is five feet tall.
Carly has several nicknames such as "Harley Davidson" and "Snarly" and "Car."
Carly has said that out of all the talk shows she appeared on after winning the Olympic gold medal in 2004, being on The Ellen DeGeneres show was her favorite. Some people may notice that Carly often seemed shy and a little bit quieter during appearances with David Letterman and Jay Leno, but with Ellen DeGeneres, she was very lit and talkative.
In 2006, Carly made the decision not to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and to retire from gymnastics. She will instead be focusing on her singing career. As said by her longtime coach Evgeny Marchenko, "It's pretty hard to top all-around gold."
Carly had a cameo role in the movie Stick It. She appeared as herself in a brief scene at the end, where she asked some girls for their autograph.
In April of 2006, Carly Patterson released her authorized biography called Carly Patterson: Be Strong.
The first international meet that Carly Patterson attended was the 2000 Top Gym Tournament in Belgium.
Carly Patterson won the 1999 Louisiana Level 10 State Champion.
Carly Patterson has her signature dismount off the balance beam named after her. It is a Arabian double front dismount, and to date, she is the only gymnast in the world who has ever done this dismount in a competition.
Carly Patterson is recording her own rock album.
Carly Patterson would like to meet fellow gymnast Yelena Produnova.
Carly Patterson is the only person in the world that can perform a completed roundoff, back handspring, Arabian double front dismount off the balance beam.
She's only the second American woman in the history of the Olympics to win the All-Around gold medal.
Carly Patterson's teammates include Nastia Liukin, Allison Taylor, Hollie Vise, Nina Kim, Kailey Tissue, and Chrsitine Nguyen.
Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina has always been friendly to Carly's face, but after Carly beat her for the Olympic gold in 2004, Svetlana reportedly started saying all these things about how Carly didn't deserve to win, and that the competition's outcome was fixed in the judges' heads beforehand.
Carly Patterson attended Curtis Middle School.
The current gym that Carly Patterson trains at is the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy.
Carly Patterson likes all kinds of music.
Carly Patterson has two cats named Beijing and Java.
Her favorite scent is "LaLique."
Carly Patterson trains about 35 hours a week.
Carly Patterson's favorite book Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.
Carly Patterson is the first American woman to win Gold in All-Around Womans event in Gymnastics in a non-boycotted Olympics since Mary Lou Retton.
Carly's is sponsered by McDonalds, Visa, American Dental Association, Wheaties, and Tyson Foods.
Carly Patterson appeared on the cover of a special editon box of Wheaties in 2005.
Gymnastics became an interest to Carly Patterson, when she attended her cousin's Birthday party at a gym, and she did so well that the trainers thought she did that before and suggested she try gymnastics.
Carly Patterson had a crush on Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
Carly Patterson currently resides in Allen, Texas.
Carly Patterson's favorite color is Green.
Carly Patterson was a straight A student when she was in high school.
Carly Patterson's favorite school subject is Spanish.
Carly Patterson's mother was also a gymnast.
Carly Patterson has a sister Jordan, who was born in 1990.
Carly Patterson: I've been able to do so many things that most people don't get to do. I have always loved being in the spotlight, and I never want to leave it!
Carly Patterson: Getting the gold was so cool. I mean, I've always dreamed of being an Olympic champion, and to do it my first time was just awesome, and when I was standing on the podium, watching our flag go up, and listening to the national anthem, it was one of the best feelings ever.
Carly Patterson: (at age 17, when she considered competing in the 2008 Olympics) Well, for me, with gymnastics, I love the challenge of it, and I love to compete and win, so it probably won't be too hard for me to get back in shape. I mean, it'll probably take a little while, but I can usually get myself back pretty quickly.
Carly Patterson: (about falling off the balance beam twice at the 2004 Nationals, which she never did before) Everyone asked me what happened, and I was just like, "What did I do to deserve this?" It can be really stressful with everyone watching you, but I just try to focus on hitting all my routines, and that's all I can do.
Carly Patterson: (about winning Olympic gold) I remember my coach just shaking me and going, "Oh, you did it, baby!" and I can't do his accent, but it was really funny. He was a great coach for me, and I was a good gymnast for him, and we did it. That was all we could say.
Carly Patterson: (on how she got her start in gymnastics) Well, when I was 6, I went to my cousin's birthday party, and it was at a gym, and then I just wanted to do it all the time, so I started flipping around the house, literally trying to teach myself. It wasn't scary for me at all; I was not scared, because I just loved doing it, especially floor exercise. When I was little, I used to really love that, and I'd always be like, "When we can go to the floor and do floor routines?" It was always a fun and positive thing for me.
Carly Patterson: (about longtime coach Evgeny Marchenko) He's an amazing coach. He knows exactly how to coach each gymnast he works with, because, you know, every gymnast is different. Some gymnasts, you have to be really nice to, and some you have to push harder, or less push, and he really knew how to coach me. I think he's the best coach in the world.
Carly Patterson: (right after winning Olympic gold in 2004) Oh my gosh, I don't even know what to say or think. It doesn't seem real, you know? You dream about this your whole life, and your whole career, and you never know what's going to happen, and then to win the gold medal is just amazing.
Carly Patterson: (in late 2004, about making the Olympic team) I was pretty confident, since I placed second at Worlds, but you never know. I really wanted it; I was training seven days a week. It was tough watching my younger sister Jordan eat whatever she wanted to eat, stay up all night and have sleepovers with her friends, but I was willing to make those sacrifices, because I love gymnastics. Like, right now, I'm on a break from competing, and while that's nice, I'd be bored if I wasn't training! It's that kind of love for something that helps you stick with it.
Carly Patterson: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.