Olympic Champion, Carly Patterson, Takes Success With a Gymnasts Stride

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NBC-TV will take an intimate look at the American gymnast in the network television special Â?Carly Patterson, Life After Gold

Ever wonder what it’s like to be 16-year old Olympic Champion Carly Patterson? Well, in addition to a busy schedule of personal appearances in recent months, NBC-TV will take an intimate look at the American gymnast in the network television special ‘Carly Patterson, Life After Gold powered by Tyson’ Sunday, November 28 at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Success found Patterson last summer when she became the United States’ first all-around gymnastics gold medallist since 1984 at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. While her new found celebrity and a national television special is exciting, it’s just one of the many projects and promotions Carly is working on these days.

The TV special, presented by Tyson, helps examine some of the remarkable changes in her life since Olympic glory. With her family and coaches in Dallas, Tex. and during the course of a 42-city gymnastics tour, Carly shares her thoughts concerning life after the Olympics, family, new responsibilities, future goals, and her newly found fame. Cameras will follow her through a typical day of training, private family time, post-Olympic appearances, touring and spreading the inspirational story of an Olympic Champion.

“Carly has become an inspiration for young people around the country,” says Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner. “In her role as our newest Olympic heroine, she is anxious to share her journey of commitment, determination and success to audiences everywhere. Her example can only bring hope to our students and athletes searching for their path in life.”

Today Show host Katie Couric was in Athens covering the Olympic Games for NBC-TV and says she flipped for Carly. “When we arrived in Greece for the Games, everyone was asking Carly if she was ready to be the next Mary Lou Retton,” says Couric. “And I remember she said, ‘No. I want to be the new Carly. Now everyone knows her name and the future couldn’t be brighter.” Couric recently said when she presented Patterson with Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” award.

In recent months, Patterson has established several important business relationships with Tyson Foods and Ford Motor Company, and the American Dental Association, along with existing ties with Visa and Wheaties. Positively for Kids is planning to publish Carly’s story in book form.

Patterson’s schedule this month includes several award presentations and personal appearances. On November 8, Patterson was presented the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Cosmopolitan Magazine presented Carly with the Cosmo Girl ‘Born to Lead’ Award on November 15 and then on Thanksgiving Day, she will be featured in the annual Macy’s Parade and will light the Tree at Rockefeller Center.

On November 26, Carly will travel to Miami to visit the Stop Hunger food pantry where Tyson will be making a donation in partnership with Share our Strength. December 1, she will be honored as one of the March of Dimes Sportswomen of the Year. Back in September, Carly visited Red Cross headquarters in Washington, DC and committed relief dollars to the organization’s Disaster Relief Fund to assist victims of the Florida hurricanes.

After bringing home three gymnastics medals from the Athens Olympics, including the all-around gold, Carly Patterson returned home a hero and she’s ready to take the mantel. Katie Couric isn’t the only American flipping for Carly Patterson. An entire country looks forward to seeing her often in the coming years.    

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