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Carly Patterson

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Olympic gold medal gymnast and leadership advisor on the beneficial steps of welcoming failure in order to succeed

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Olympic gold medalist and leader in success, speaker Carly Patterson dedicates her time to empowering companies with their drive to success, dedication and hard work. Carly uses her influential story on how she overcame adversities and challenges inside and outside of the gym.  Carly Patterson inspires companies on the act of becoming successful while welcoming failure, and the beneficial steps of doing so.

Why book speaker Carly Patterson?

  • She is an overachiever. Carly was just 16 when she won her the title of the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal within 20 years. Dedicated to  her craft at such a young age, she kept her achieving nature as she stayed on her journey as an accomplished woman, now empowering companies to do the same.
  • She is a champion. In and outside of the gym, Carly proved her winning nature even as a retired gymnast.  She uses her skills obtained as an athlete and applies them to her everyday lifestyle for optimal growth and success.
  • She is brave. Completing her goals at such a young age, speaker Carly took on all the advantages that  followed even the disadvantages and used them in accomplishing what she envisioned. Carly demonstrates the act of dedication, bravery and success through tribulations. Book speaker Carly Patterson and promote bravery in your organization

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, speaker Carly Patterson became the first American woman in 20 years to win the All-Around Olympic Gold medal since Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Carly began gymnastics in 1994, less than a decade later, she 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 US Co-National Champion.

Speaker Carly was also a part of the 2003 World Championships team where she won a silver medal in the all-around and helped lead the US 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. A year later, Carly achieved her ultimate goal in gymnastics by earning a trip to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Carly came home from Athens with three Olympic medals. The US women won silver in the team competition – the first medal for the US women in eight years, as well as the second highest finish for Americans in a fully attended Olympic Games. Carly also earned a silver medal on her specialty, the beam.

Since the Olympics, Carly appeared on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She also was featured on an NBC special and adorned the front of a Wheaties box. Carly presented an award at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards; was recognized by Glamour Magazine at the 2004 “Women Of The Year” Award; and was honored as the March of Dimes’ “Sportswoman of the Year.”

Speaker Carly has continued to work with USA Gymnastics doing promotion and events with them, gymnastics camps and competitions helping inspire young gymnasts and also working with the United States Olympic Committee. Carly has been involved in many charitable causes such as Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network as well as numerous other local Dallas-based charitable causes. Carly works closely with a local Dallas charity, Taylor’s Gift foundation and they help bring awareness about organ donation.

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From Best to Better

What does it take to reach the pinnacle of success? Then, what does it take to get better? Not only will you learn practical insights from
Olympic Gold medal gymnast, Carly Patterson, you will be drawn into a story of resilience, winning in a competitive environment, and enjoying the journey along the way. Carly went on to apply the same drive and determination that took her to the highest podium to becoming a recording artist, entrepreneur, and mom.

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Redefining Success

In her keynote address, Carly shares how she redefined success through three principles she learned as a championship-level gymnast and in the years that followed. Carly’s authentic, humorous, and down-to-earth communication style is the perfect vehicle for a message that students, athletes, and professionals need to hear to embrace true success and find lasting fulfillment.

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Custom Keynotes

Carly takes her time to get to know her audience, her clients, and events. She will take her time to customize her keynote, so it is best suited for your attendees. Carly is happy to bring her Olympic medals and do a meet & greet/autographs/pictures with attendees.

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Faith-Based Keynotes

If you are looking for faith-based keynote…. look no further! Carly can customize her message and share insights on how God played and
continues to play a role in her life, helping you and your attendees reaffirm faith and get closer to God.

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Carly has quickly become a student favorite keynote for our Character U program at DeSales University. It’s not every day that a student can meet a gold medal Olympian and wear her medals! She has a powerful message that the students value and appreciate

Chad Serfass

Director for the DeSales Experience in Character & Leadership

Carly was incredible! I know the audience was eager to see her speak and she did not disappoint. She was so lovely to work with and just radiates positive energy. I was blown away by her presentation and I heard from numerous attendees that she was their favorite speaker of the day (out of over 30 speakers!).

Madeline K.

Ellevate Network

Once she took the stage she was able to quickly capture the attention of everyone in the room. Her speech was inspiring and her video footage was able to visibly demonstrate her pursuit of Excellence during the Olympics. I would recommend Carly for any appearance as her story is relevant to everyone.

Destini McKnight

NBC Universal

Simply put – WOW! She really is amazing and left us with such great messages. My take-a-ways: • Save the set back for later: find a way to come together as a team and still make it happen. Help each other. • We have a choice who we want to become. Find your flow and get into the zone! • Be curious, patient and innovate. • It's not about control, but consistently getting better. • Remember to be grateful. Her messages do resonate with us as members of the South Central Team, HP employees and also in our personal lives. I left the talk very inspired and woke up this morning feeling the same way.

Laurie L.


She was truly phenomenal! So relatable, caring and warm! She spoke a powerful message that left a lasting impact on students for years to come. This is a word that will not be soon forgotten. If you have the opportunity to have Carly speak…do not let it pass you by. Her message captivates the hearts of her audience and her passion moves those in the room.

Pastor Jeremy Baker

Elevate Life Church
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