Michelle Carter (athlete)
Michelle Denee Carter (born October 12, 1985) is an American shot putter, and the current Olympic women's champion. She is the current American record holder in the event with a distance of 20.63 m (67 ft 8 in) set at the 2016 Olympic Games. She was Inducted into the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2018.
Carter at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul
|Born||October 12, 1985|
San Jose, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|College team||Texas Longhorns|
|Coached by||Michael Carter|
Carter won the 2016 gold medal at the Rio Olympics on the last of her six throws, edging two-time defending champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand. In doing so, Carter became the first United States women's athlete to win the event since the women's competition began at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, and only the second American to win any medal (Earlene Brown, bronze medal, 1960).
Carter broke her own American Record with the Olympic Gold Medal-winning toss of 20.63 meters or 67' 8 1/4".
A Bronze Medalist at the 2015 and 2017 IAAF World Championships, Carter also won the Gold Medal at the 2016 World Indoor Championships after winning the Bronze Medal in 2012.
In addition to winning the 2008 United States Olympic Team Trials, she was the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 National Champion. While competing for the University of Texas, she won the Collegiate NCAA National Championship in 2006. Additionally, while competing in college, she was a seven time All-American, and also won the Big 12 Conference Title five times. In 2006, she won the NCAA title indoors to also help the women claim the NCAA team title. With a runner-up finish in the shot put in 2005 outdoors, Carter helped the Longhorns win the NCAA Championship.
Carter is a graduate of Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas where she was a four time State Champion in the Shot Put. Her father, Michael Carter, is also a former Olympian and NFL star — the only athlete to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring in the same year. Michael currently holds the boys' National High School Record in the shot put; Michelle held the girls' record from 2003 to 2014.
Carter's father, Michael, won the men's shot put silver medal while representing Team USA at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and also played professional American football for the San Francisco 49ers from 1984-1992, winning three Super Bowls.
Carter is a Christian. Carter has said, "Through faith and sports, I’ve learned discipline and self-control. In the Bible, God tells us we have to work, even if what we want is not going to happen right away. People want a platform, but with that comes responsibility. Before winning the gold medal, I needed to be in a mature place to handle the opportunities that were going to come my way, to make sure I didn’t use them for my advantage. You have to put your pride aside and let God’s plan come through. He has given me this platform for Him to shine." She has also said "I know God allowed me to have this medal, and with it I want to glorify Him and point others to Him."
She received a full track scholarship to The University of Texas, she graduated in 2007 with a degree in Youth and Communities Studies, and a minor in Kinesiology.
Carter is a certified professional make-up artist.
Carter has focused on body image both on the field and off, talking to young women about confidence through her program You Throw Girl. "You have to understand everyone's body was built to do something. I was built to do something, and that's how I was built. I think the world is realizing we were promoting one body type and there have always been many."
Carter is married to Courtney Elder WVU Alum as of 2018.
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