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Baby 3 Is On The Way For Olympic Gymnastics Champ Carly Patterson Caldwell

By Chrös McDougall | Aug. 17, 2020, 11:06 a.m. (ET)

Carly Patterson wins the All Around Competition at the VISA American Cup on Feb. 28, 2004 in New York City. 


Carly Patterson and husband Mark Caldwell are putting together quite the team. The 2004 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion announced over the weekend that she’s expecting a third child, due in February 2021.

The new addition will join son Graham, 2, and daughter Emmaline Rose, who is 18 months.

In the couple’s announcement, which Patterson Caldwell posted to Instagram Sunday, the Caldwell kids posed under giant balloons shaped as the Nos. 1 and 2, while adorned in tee shirts reading “Big Brother” and “Big Sister.” Under a third balloon, shaped in the form of the No. 3, was a letter board spelling out the big news, as well as the ultrasound pictures.

“Caldwell party of 5 coming February 2021!” the proud mom shared. “We👏🏼Can’t👏🏼 Wait👏🏼! #3under3andahalf”

The couple hasn’t shared if they know the baby’s gender. When Emmaline was born, they kept it a secret.

Patterson Caldwell’s good news follows past fertility struggles before having Graham, an experience she shared publicly in recent years.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Patterson made history in 2004 when she won the Olympic all-around gold medal at the Athens Games. That made her just the second U.S. gymnast to claim the coveted title, following Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Patterson Caldwell also won team and balance beam silver medals that year, her last as a competitive gymnast.

Since her historic feat in Athens, U.S. women have yet to win anything but gold in the Olympic all-around, with Nastia Liukin (2008), Gabby Douglas (2012) and Simone Biles (2016) upholding the tradition.

Now 32, Patterson Caldwell lives in Texas where, in addition to being a doting mom, she continues to do speaking engagements and work with young gymnasts.

Chrös McDougall

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.