Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson to Appear at 2008 YES! Expo

Plano, TX, September 12, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Olympic Gold Medalist, Carly Patterson, will be at the 2nd Annual Collin County YES! (Youth Explore Sports) Expo from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Collin Creek Mall. The expo will take place on September 13, 2008 and is free to the public. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the expo provides parents, and their kids, an opportunity to learn more about the various programs, techniques, equipment, safety concerns and social/teamwork skills garnered through sport participation.

Carly is an accomplished athlete and is pursuing a singing career. She formally trained at WOGA (World Olympic Gymnastics Academy) and will appear at the expo on their behalf. Carly’s autograph signing session and the “Mascot Challenge” finale will take place simultaneously. Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson will also sign autographs during the expo from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

About Carly Patterson: Carly Patterson made her debut at the senior international elite level, winning back-to-back American Cup titles in 2003 and 2004, as well as the title of 2004 U.S. Co-National Champion. Carly was also a part of the 2003 World Championship team where she won a silver medal in the all-around competition and helped lead the U.S. to their first-ever World Championship team gold medal. It was also at this competition that Carly's signature beam dismount (an Arabian double front) was officially named the Patterson.

At the 2004 Olympic Games, Carly and teammates earned the silver medal in the team competition. Carly also picked up a silver medal on her favorite event, the beam. But it was during the all-around competition that she earned the most prestigious title in gymnastics: Olympic Champion. Carly is the first American woman to win an Olympic gold in the all-around in a fully attended Olympic Games.

Following her Olympic success, Carly's life was a whirlwind experience of touring, award shows, interviews, and autograph sessions. She appeared on an ESPN Super Bowl commercial and wrote an autobiography for kids. Carly worked with the American Dental Association to promote dental care and also worked with many other charities since her Olympic success.

In 2007, Carly released an independent album titled, “Back to the Beginning.” On March 25, 2008, she released her first single, “Temporary Life (Ordinary Girl).” Carly plans to release her album in fall 2008.

About YES!: YES! provides the young people of Collin County an introduction to the people, sports and healthy activities that are offered by organizations in our North Texas community. Public, private, competitive, recreational and individual sport organizations are invited to participate in the Expo. Throughout the day, prizes will be given away, demonstrations will be performed and the Collin County Supreme Mascot will be crowned.

The mission of Collin County YES! is to create awareness of and increase participation in activities that foster healthier lives for the young people of our community.

Collin County YES! Expo
Jennifer Hyde