Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson in Tyler

By Coleman Swierc - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - She was once the most successful gymnast in the world.

Now she wants to be the most successful singer in the world.

In 2004, Carly Patterson won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics, and is now in pursuit of a music career.

"People always make fun of me because I retired at 17," said Patterson, "but now I have found a new challenge, I was able to reach the top in my first challenge, and now I have something to shoot for again."

Patterson was in Tyler on Monday, at Texas East Gymnastics, promoting, not gymnastics, but her new music album, "Back to the Beginning."

"I have always wanted to do music," said Patterson, "it was always a goal of mine, and now I am able to do what I love."

When asked what was more nerve racking, singing in front of crowds, or performing in the Olympics, suprisingly, Patterson said, it was singing.

"I practiced for years and years to perform in the gym," said Patterson, "but singing, you can only practice for so long, before you have to save your voice, it is so much more nerve racking for me to sing, just because I am still so new at it."

Patterson will be performing in Tyler on Saturday, October 17th, from the office of Dr. Cullberson Borens' office as part of the 1st Annual Fall Festival.

Patterson will hit the stage with her band, at 1:00 p.m.

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