Seattle-area fans have chance to meet Olympic Champion Carly Patterson
posted on 03/12/2012

© John Cheng

EVERETT, Wash., March 12, 2012 Acaa Carly Patterson, the 2004 Olympic all-around champion, will be in Everett, Wash., Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, in conjunction with the 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships, scheduled for March 16-18 at Comcast Arena at Everett and the Comcast Community Ice Rink.

On Thursday, March 15, Patterson will be at the American Girl Store at the Alderwood Mall in Lynwood (click here for directions) from 4:30-6 p.m., signing autographs and greeting fans. Patterson's appearance is in conjunction with American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year, McKenna Acaa a young gymnast, who uses her strengths to turn challenges into triumphs.

Later that evening, from 7-8 p.m., Patterson will join gymnasts from Leading Edge Gymnastics Academy at the Imagine Children's Museum. Patterson will meet with museum guests, sign autographs and pose for pictures at the museum, located at 1502 Wall St., in Everett. Leading Edge will perform and teach museum guests new skills.

Then, on Friday, March 16, Patterson will help start the day off at the Everett YMCA, at 2720 Rockefeller Ave., in Everett, with Morning Fitness. Patterson and Gael Thomson, Everett Y's Wellness Director, will lead a morning workout for all ages and fitness stages. Patterson will sign autographs following the workout.

Friday marks the first day of the 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships, which features competition in men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics.

Single-session tickets range from $15 to $65, and all-session tickets range from $110 to $250 (including facility fees). Tickets may be purchased at the Comcast Arena at Everett Box Office; by phone at 866-332-8499; or online through In recognition of Visa's long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment.

The competition schedule is as follows:

    Friday, March 16
    10 a.m. - Rhythmic Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
    1:30 p.m. - Women's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
    3 p.m. - Rhythmic Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)
    7 p.m. - Women's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)

    Saturday, March 17
    1:30 p.m. - Men's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
    3 p.m. - Rhythmic Individual Event Finals
    7 p.m. - Men's Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)

    Sunday, March 18
    9 a.m. – Trampoline, Junior Prelims, Finals and Synchronized Competition
    12 p.m. - Men's & Women's Gymnastics, Junior Individual Event Finals
    2 p.m. – Trampoline, Senior Prelims, Finals and Synchronized Competition
    6 p.m. - Men's & Women's Gymnastics, Senior Individual Event Finals
    7 p.m. - Synchronized Trampoline Competition

Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships were held in Honolulu in 2004 and 2006; San Jose in 2008; and Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. In 2010, the USA won both the men's and women's team titles and three of the all-around titles - John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, junior men; Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA, women's junior title; and Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas/WOGA, senior women. Past all-around champions include the USA's Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin.

Background information

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  • Comcast Arena at Everett. The Comcast Arena at Everett, recipient of the International Association of Venue Manager's (IAVM) prestigious Venue Excellence Award 2010, was developed by the Everett Public Facilities District. The 10,000-seat venue hosts a myriad of events including concerts, ice skating and family shows. The facility is also home to the Everett Silvertips, a Western Hockey League franchise and the 2010 National Lacrosse League Champions, the Washington Stealth. The venue accommodates other sporting events such as basketball, volleyball and international skating competitions. Global Spectrum ( manages the Comcast Arena at Everett, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies.

  • Comcast Community Ice Rink. The Comcast Community Ice Rink is used for public skating, hockey leagues, figure skating and much more. The two ice sheets can be converted to form a 57,000 square foot space to host trade shows and special events. The three-story Edward D. Hansen Conference Center includes three 900 square foot executive meeting rooms, and an 11,000 square foot ballroom, which can be arranged in a number of different configurations.

  • Everett, Wash., and Snohomish County. Everett, the county seat of Snohomish County, is home to innovative companies and industries producing everything from large commercial airplanes to tiny microprocessors. Just minutes north of Seattle, Snohomish County and Everett offer a diverse collection of urban delights and rural masterpieces and an endless menu of outdoor recreation and indoor attractions.

  • Everett Community College. Everett Community College educates more than 20,000 students every year at seven learning centers throughout Snohomish County, with most students and faculty at the main campus in north Everett. Students come to EvCC to affordably start their four-year degrees, earn certificates, train for a new job, experience hands-on training in professional and technical programs, learn English, develop basic skills, finish high school, train for a promotion, or to learn just for fun. EvCC is also the home of the University Center of North Puget Sound, which offers more than 25 bachelor's and master's degree programs. For more information, visit

  • Production Sports Management. Based in Snohomish County, Production Sports Management is an LLC offering sport national governing bodies, sports clubs and other community groups the support needed to take an event to the next level. Acting as the liaison between the local community and USA Gymnastics for the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, Production Sports will be the eyes and ears on the ground to assist with marketing, public relations, sponsorships and event logistics. For more information, log on to

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