Carly Patterson Caldwell (L) announces on social media that she is expecting a second child alongside her husband, Mark, and son, Graham.
Carly Patterson Caldwell made her name on the balance beam. As a mom, it takes a different kind of balance and poise to handle raising two young sons.
The 2004 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion and her husband Mark announced on social media Monday that they are expecting a little brother or sister for their 10-month-old son, Graham. Their second child is due in February.
The couple was open about their struggles to conceive in 2016, including suffering a miscarriage that year. Following fertility treatments, Patterson gave birth to Graham in October 2017. But none of that was necessary this time around.
“Most of you know our fertility journey with Graham,” Patterson wrote on Instagram, “but we are thanking the Lord that we did not have to go through the same thing for baby #2! God likes to take our circumstances we think are impossible and says, ‘Just watch what I can do, nothing is impossible with me’! I am in awe of His goodness! We can’t wait to meet our new addition this February.”
Patterson Caldwell’s all-around gold medal at the Olympic Games Athens 2004 began a stretch of American success in the sport, with U.S. women having won each of the Olympic all-around title since then — Nastia Liukin in ’08, Gabby Douglas in ’12 and Simone Biles in ’16.
Prior to Patterson Caldwell, only Mary Lou Retton in 1984 had won the coveted gold medal for Team USA.
Patterson Caldwell also won a silver medal in the 2004 team competition and another silver on balance beam. Her career was cut short by back injuries in 2006, but her name in the sport lives on in the form of “The Patterson,” a difficult beam dismount that she executed to perfection at the Games.
After gymnastics, Patterson pursued a brief music career and now works as a motivational speaker.