Olympic champion Carly Patterson Caldwell has found a new challenge: being a first-time mom.
The USA Gymnastics Hall of Famer and husband Mark Caldwell welcomed their son, Graham Mitchell Caldwell, just after noon on Tuesday. He weighed in at 9 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 ¼ inches long, according to Patterson Caldwell’s Instagram.
“I cannot even put into words how blessed and thankful Mark and I are feeling right now!” Patterson Caldwell posted. “He is absolute perfection and we can’t get enough of this sweet boy.”
Graham is the first child for the couple, who were married in 2012. Patterson announced the pregnancy back in April in an Instagram post, saying, “Mark and I could not be more overjoyed for our little miracle and we cannot wait to start this journey of parenthood!”
Patterson won gold in the all-around at Olympic Games Athens 2004, and also took home two silver medals in team competition and balance beam. The year prior, she was a world champion on the U.S. team and a silver medalist in all-around.
Since retiring from gymnastics, Patterson has pursued a music career in addition to working work with USA Gymnastics at competitions and camps. She graduated from Texas Women’s University in 2014 and is an active public speaker.
Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.