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December 30, 2005
Part 3: Looking Back at How We Started
Well since I'm doing all these looking back and looking ahead features. I thought I'd talk about how CPO/ CPnet got started.

Any number of things could have started this site from being where it is now. One late night in August 2004, I was watching NBC and their coverage of the Olympics. I was just flipping around and wasn't paying much attention to it. However, I had turned it when Bob Costas was interviewing Carly. It was the first time I had ever seen Carly. I watched the interview and thought Carly was cool but I went to bed shortly afterwards and sort of forgot about it.

A few days later, I had remembered about Carly and I typed her name into Google. I found GymnastForums.com and I saw that Carly was going to be on Jay Leno the following night. I'm a video ripper and thought I'd help out the Carly fan community by uploading the Jay Leno interview. I did and everyone was very thankful. After the Jay Leno interview, Carly did several interviews in the following weeks. All of which I was making videos of and I needed a place to put them all. This is how this site got started.

I contacted a web hosting friend of mine and told him briefly about Carly and he gave me the OK to go ahead. I found the domain Carly-Patterson.net which he bought for me and gave me hosting. The first CPnet design was very basic. Back then it was called "Pip's Carly Videos" and bandwidth was always a problem. I soon realized that the site was becoming much bigger then my little design was made for. I contacted a web designer and in late November 2004 we had a much bigger design. This is when we turned from a video site to an actual fan site.

Not a while not has changed since then. This summer we got a new look and this fall, as much I tried to stop it, we had to quickly move from Carly-Patterson.net to CarlyPattersonOnline.com. CPO is made up of eight domains; CarlyPattersonOnline.com, CarlyRaePatterson.com, CarlyPattersonNews.com, CarlyPatterson.info, Carly-Patterson-Pictures.com, CarlyPattersonPictures.com, CarlyPattersonForums.com, and CarlyPattersonVideos.com.

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December 29, 2005
Part 2: Looking Ahead to 2006
After Part 1, you should have a pretty good idea of what happened in 2005. It appears 2006 might be a big year for Carly. You'll be able to see Carly bigger then ever on the big screen. She has a guest appearance in the movie "Stick It". Although just an appearance, it will no doubt be cool to see Carly in a theater.

Of course, the big question is what Carly will do in her music career. First off, let me say the reaction to Carly's demo deal has been very mixed. Some people say "Let's see what she can do," while others say "She can't sing, stick to gymnastics". Personally, I think Carly could become a great singer. I think she has a good voice, which will only improve as I'm sure the record label will provide voice lessons. Plus, Carly has big marketability. Carly is known but not well known. Which actually might be a good thing, if everyone thinks of her as a gymnast, she might have a hard time transferring to the entertainment industry.

Carly has signed with Joe Simpson, his record company is actually just a division of the much larger Geffen Records. Home to people like Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, and Weezer among others. Joe Simpson is the father of the two of the biggest stars right now. Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, love them or hate them, they're on the front of magazines regularly. Carly has said many times she likes Ashlee Simpson and enjoys her music. I think Carly's music will be similar to Ashlee's (hold back any lip syncing jokes) and there's a good chance Carly could open for Ashlee Simpson.

With Carly's demos expected to be completed by this Summer, work on an album could be expected to start late this Summer or Fall. An album with Carly's name could come as soon as December 2006. Although a 2007 date is more likely. That's all assuming Carly does get signed to an album deal.

If the singing career doesn't work out, Carly does have a pretty big accomplishment to fall back on. Carly has said several times she'd like to go to college and study dental care. After that, who knows what Carly has planned. 2006 should certainly be an interesting year however.

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December 28, 2005
Part 1: Looking Back at 2005
In Part 1 of 2, I thought I'd review what happened in 2005. Tomorrow I'll talk about 2006.

We started 2005 with Carly appearing on Brian Boitano's Skating Spectacular. This show televised on NBC showed Carly doing a bar routine with American Idol's Diana DeGarmo singing. In February, Carly was on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for "Give Kids A Smile Day". There she talked to kids about how important dental care was and Carly was the "Youth Ambassador" for the American Dental Association. Later in February, Carly was voted "Top Sportswoman of the Year" by the United States Olympic Committee. The voting panel was made up of the US media, the USOC Board of Directors, and the Athletes’ Advisory Council.

Also in February, we got the first mention of Carly's interest in singing. She was flying to New York to record what would be her first demo, Damaged. We got the first glimpse that Carly might be thinking about quitting Gymnastics and beginning work on her music, called it her "Next Big Project." As if enough didn't happen in February, Carly appeared at the Project Runway Fall 2005 fashion show in New York. On February 26, Carly was at the American Cup doing promotion for the event. She also attended a Teen People lunch while in New York.

In early March, Carly visited that "Arnold Fitness Expo". She got to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger and see the various fitness booths. On March 16, Carly was shown on the ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" where she had pictures of herself taken for a mural that was put inside the house. In late March, Carly and her mother took a five day trip to China. There she was honored among the world's best athletes. In April, Carly was featured in Teen People as one of the "20 Teens Who Will Change the World".

On May 8, Carly and crew went to Indianapolis. There they waved the flag to begin the practice laps. Carly would also shoot a commercial for the Visa Championships that would happen in August in Indy. On May 20, Carly received the "2004 Gymnast of the Year" as part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Later in May, Carly visited Miami where she had an autograph singing and was interviewed by a local TV station.

On July 13, Carly and her mother went to the ESPY awards. She meet some of the biggest athletes and celebrities but Carly would not win the award she was up for. In August, Carly was on Sports Sunday on FSN. There Carly sang her first clip of "Damaged". In October, Carly would be in two Gymnastics shows, one will be shown on NBC. In early December, Carly had her own Gymnastics meet called the "Big Dog Meet". On December 18, the biggest news since Carly winning Gold would be released right here on CPO. Carly had signed with Papa Joe Records and would begin recording demos in January.

That's our look at 2005, tomorrow I'll release my editorial on what's ahead in 2006.

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December 24, 2005
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year. What are you looking forward to in 2006 (comments)?


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December 18, 2005
Carly Signs Deal with Joe Simpson *EXCLUSIVE*
Carly has announced that she has signed with Joe Simpson's (Father of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson) record label, Papa Joe's Records. As has already been reported in news articles, she will be heading to LA and will begin recording four songs in January. Songs should be completed by March. "I'm so excited about it," said Carly. "I can't wait," she added. If all goes well, which is expected, Carly hopes to have an album out by the end of 2006.



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December 12, 2005
Carly has Good Time with Young Gymnasts
Another new Carly article has been released. Not a whole lot of new information. Mostly background and such. It appears Carly had a great time with the kids and the kids loved Carly. As can clearly be seen in the picture. :)

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Olympic medalist makes visit to West Virginia memorable

Monday December 12, 2005

Carly Patterson doesn't know whether she'll be spending her summer two years from now in China.

But she did spend part of her winter this year in West Virginia.

Patterson, the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner in the individual all-around competition in Athens, was on hand at the Mavericks Gymnastics Club's Carly Patterson Big Dog Invitational held at Riverside High School this weekend.

Patterson, who is 17 years old, is undecided about whether or not she will compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

She will, however, continue to train for shows and appearances.

Due to a grueling schedule of training 37 hours a week, Patterson never really had the life of a normal teenager.

"I didn't go to public school and I didn't get to do the kinds of things they do," she said. "I had practice at 8 o'clock in the morning on Saturdays, so it's not like I could stay out and have slumber parties with my friends."

However, Patterson knew what she was giving up when she devoted herself to gymnastics.

"I knew I would get a chance to do all of that stuff now and later on down the road," she said.

Instead, she devoted herself to gymnastics. From her hometown of Baton Rouge, La., Patterson won the 1999 Louisiana state championship before taking her talent to the national stage by winning the silver medal on balance beam and taking fourth in the all-around at her first US National Championship meet.

Her career really took off in 2003, when she placed second in the all-around at the World Championships, helping the U.S. to its first ever team gold medal.

Then, just a year later, she became the Olympic all-around champion.

Patterson said that her mom and her coaches have been her main support system throughout her career. And although Patterson may be a role model to many aspiring gymnasts, she has two specific role models of her own -- Dominique Dawes of the 1996 Olympic Team and Fairmont native, Mary Lou Retton, the individual all-around gold medal winner of the 1984 Olympics.

Now, she's inspiring a few gymnasts, too.

Ten year old Janelle McClellan of Charleston was thrilled to meet Patterson and have her picture taken with her. Her mother, Jennifer McClellan, was impressed that Patterson spent so much time with the kids.

"She (Patterson) was very friendly and each kid got their picture with her and she signed all of their pictures. It's been a very nice meet," McClellan said.

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December 8, 2005
New Carly Interview
Carly was interviewed a few days ago, promoting her appearance at Riverside HS this weekend. Not a whole lot new, she continues to talk about the album. It appears Carly will be going to LA to record some demos.

Full Article/ Interview:

Carly Patterson is a typical high school senior. The 17-year-old from Allen, Texas, enjoys hanging with her friends at Starbucks, watching movies all day and spending time with her younger sister Jordan, with whom she is very close. She even has a midnight curfew like many other teens.

There is one little thing, though, that separates her from other teenage girls she’s the 2004 Olympic All-Around Champion in women’s individual gymnastics.

Patterson will be in town Dec. 9-11 for Maverick Gymnastics Club’s Carly Patterson Big Dog Invitational (see sidebar), which will be held at Riverside High School. In a recent telephone interview, she offered some advice for next weekend’s competitors and for athletes in general. “Just listen to your coach, make sure you’re always having fun and give it 110 percent every day,” she said.

She has certainly given it her all in her career. At last year’s Olympics in Athens, Greece, Patterson became only the second American woman ever to win the All-Around title. (Fairmont native Mary Lou Retton was the first.) A top-level competitor who holds many world titles, she also won the silver medal on balance beam and was part of the silver-medal-winning women’s team.

The payoff didn’t come without work, though. To prepare for the Olympics, Patterson and her teammates trained 37 hours a week. Plus, Patterson prepared in other ways. She indulged in her pre-meet ritual of eating eggs before a competition and she got rid of her nerves by relaxing and watching television.

Patterson first discovered gymnastics at a cousin’s birthday party, which was held at a local gym. Her constant tumbling around the house after that party concerned her mother Natalie.

“After three months, I still wouldn’t stop [tumbling], and she was scared I was going to hurt myself so she put me in [gymnastics],” she said.

The rest is history. In 2002, Patterson became the Junior National Champion, and in both 2003 and 2004, she was the Visa American Cup Champion. In 2004, she became the Senior National Co-Champion, sharing the title with fellow Olympian Courtney Kupets.

She even has a trick named after her. Her signature balance beam dismount (an Arabian double front) was officially named the Patterson at the 2003 World Championships. She’s the only person in the world who can complete it.

Since the Olympics, Patterson has been having a blast, touring and making various media appearances. So far, she’s mingled with celebrities like Nick Lachey and LL Cool J and made appearances at ceremonies like the MTV Video Music Awards. She has also appeared on several talk shows, including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“Ellen was my favorite,” she said.

Aside from gymnastics, Patterson has another passion: singing. In fact, she is thinking of making music a more serious hobby. Soon, she will be going to Los Angeles to record some demos. Even though she sings pop-rock, she also loves listening to alternative and punk rock music.

Patterson is also focused on academics. She attends Spring Creek Academy, a high school designed to help students involved in sports or the arts work around their schedules, and she hopes to go to college somewhere in Texas to become a dental hygienist.

However, don’t look for her on her college’s gymnastics team. “I went professional in 2003 after [the World Championships], so I’m not eligible.”

In fact, she’s not even sure whether she’ll compete in another Olympics. “I’m kind of busy with school and other stuff right now, so I haven’t quite decided.”

Source: http://www.wvgazette.com/section/News/FlipSide/2005120210

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December 8, 2005
Reminder: Carly's "Big Dog Meet"
Talked about, and made fun of the once so I won't do that again. Anyway, this weekend Carly is having a gymnastics meet in Charleston, WV. 400 gymnasts from 5 states will be involved. Carly will have several signing sessions during the event. For more information, call Maverick Gymnastics at 925-3004.

Info: http://www.dailymail.com/news/Sports/2005120611/

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