Carly Patterson is best known for being the 2004 Olympic All-Around champion.
Before Carly was an Olympian, she was a thirteen-year-old junior on the national team dreaming of her time in the spotlight. At the 2001 National Championships in Philadelphia, Carly and teammates, Holly Vise and Nina Kim were bright, eyed bushy tailed juniors bouncing around the arena with anticipation. At 13, Carly had her world class beam routine that was one of the most difficult in the country. Even in 2001, she was dismounting the beam with her now eponymous double arabian dismount.
By 2002, Carly was a junior national champion and in 2003, she helped the US win it's first ever world championship team gold medal at the World Championships in Anaheim California.