Patterson, 12 others chosen for U.S. Hall
INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson got an early birthday present.
Patterson was selected to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame on Tuesday, a day before her 21st birthday. She and 12 other members of this year's class will be inducted Aug. 14 during the national championships in Dallas, where Patterson trained.
Joining her in the Hall will be Mary Sanders, the national rhythmic gymnastics champion from 2002-04 and an Athens Olympian; 1996 Olympian John Macready; Steve McCain, a member of the 2000 Olympic squad; two-time world acrobatic champions Shenea Booth and Arthur Davis; James "Jimmy" Yongue, bronze medalist in synchronized trampoline at the 1968 world championships; and Fred Turoff, the men's gymnastics coach at Temple.
Also being inducted is the men's double mini-trampoline team that won the gold medal at the 1999 world championships. Pat Wilson Henderson, a trampoline and tumbling judge for almost 35 years, will be honored for lifetime achievement.
Patterson won the all-around gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, becoming the first U.S. woman since Mary Lou Retton to win gymnastics' biggest prize. Her good friend and former training partner, Nastia Liukin, won the gold at the Beijing Olympics.
Patterson also led the Americans to their first gold medal at a world championships in 2003 and won a silver in the all-around.
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