There have been many what I like to call “One Hit Wonders” in Gymnastics and Figure Skating. These are men and women who compete for one to four seasons and show great promise but don’t continue past a big competition like the Olympics. Now many of them it turns out couldn’t continue due to injury and then it’s a different story. Carly Patterson was one such gymnast. She was an absolute phenom as a junior and as a senior she was amazing. Including the Olympics. Now she wasn’t completely fantastic in team trails but she was good. But in the All around, she was on fire!
Watch her Beam routine from the All around here or on Youtube:
Carly was given a lot of grief about her retirement after the 2004 games. She didn’t give the gymnastics world a reason until 2008 where she explained that it was because of her back. She was told by her doctor that if she ever wanted to continue walking she should give up gymnastics. I don’t fault her for that decision. It must have been a very hard decision and frankly your life and health are more important.