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Olympic Champion Gymnast Carly Patterson Caldwell Welcomes Daughter

By Todd Kortemeier | Feb. 13, 2019, 2:13 p.m. (ET)

Carly Patterson Caldwell and Mark Caldwell pose for a photo with their daughter on Feb. 12, 2019.


It’s a girl for Olympic gold-medal gymnast Carly Patterson and husband Mark Caldwell.

The gender of the fourth member of the Caldwell family remained a secret until Emmaline Rae Caldwell was born Tuesday, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 19 inches. She joins her brother Graham, born in October 2017.

Approximately 10 months after Graham was born, the couple shared more happy news on Instagram that they were pregnant again. The couple had previously struggled with fertility, making the news even more exciting.

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“Most of you know our fertility journey with Graham,” Patterson Caldwell wrote at the time, “but we are thanking the Lord that we did not have to go through the same thing for baby #2!”

Patterson Caldwell won a historic gold medal for Team USA in the all-around at the Olympic Games Athens 2004, the first gold medal for an American gymnast at a non-boycotted Games. She also earned a silver medal on the beam and in the team competition. Also a 2003 world champion, Patterson Caldwell had her career shortened by injuries and she retired from the sport in 2006.

Since her historic medal in Athens, the women’s all-around has become a domain of dominance for the United States, as Team USA has taken home every gold medal since.

Patterson Caldwell, 31, has also pursued a musical career and worked as a motivational 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.