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Patterson Enjoys New Harmony
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Although 2004 Olympic all-around champion Carly Patterson is no longer competing, she remains involved in the sport as she pursues a career as a recording artist.

"There are some people that are upset because I'm not doing gymnastics anymore, but I want them to know that it's OK to have more than one dream in life," Patterson told IG this weekend. "Gymnastics at the level where I competed was very hard, and your body can only do it for so long."

Patterson, who is finishing her first semester of college in Texas, is preparing to release a five-song CD of songs she wrote. The disc will be available for sale on her MySpace Music site (www.myspace.com/carlypattersonmusic), as well as at gymnastics camps where Patterson will teach this summer.

Patterson's gymnastics camp itinerary includes Flip Fest, Woodward, Lake Owen, USGTC, Colorado Camp and her home club of WOGA in Plano, Texas.

Patterson is also rehearsing for her first concert in Allen, Texas. The concert will be a benefit for the Tooth Fairy Foundation, a charity that helps provide dental care for underprivileged children in the area. Patterson has been involved in the charity for two years. In the concert, she will sing seven songs with a live band.

On May 3, Patterson sang the national anthem before 8,000 people at the Quarter Bowl, a charity flag-football game organized by Dallas Cowboys football legend Roger Staubach in Dallas.

Last fall, Patterson was a contestant on Fox Television's "Celebrity Duets," where she sang with stars of music including James Ingram, Lee Ann Womack, Anita Pointer and Jesse McCartney. She also sang on the Hilton Family Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular, which aired on NBC last Christmas Eve.

"Life is great," Patterson said. "I want to thank everyone for supporting me in gymnastics and music."

Patterson is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast Magazine:
"Carly's Star Turn" - profile (December 2004)
2004 Olympics special issue, Patterson poster, Patterson on cover collage (October 2004)
Patterson on cover (April 2004)
Patterson on cover collage (August/September 2003)
Patterson on cover (April 2003)
"Steady As She Grows" - Patterson profile (March 2003)
Patterson on cover (March 2002)

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