Michelle Carter – 2016 Rio Olympics Winner

Michelle Carter is the first United States female athlete to win the Olympics since the women’s competition began in 1948.

Incredible victory over  Valerie Adams, the  New Zealand champion, on the last of her six throws brought Michelle Carter the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and made the first United States women’s athlete to dominate the event since the women’s competition began at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, and only the second American citizen to have got any medal.

Michelle Carter is an American shot putter and the current women Olympics champion. She is also 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 is a proud owner of the silver medal of the 2001 World Youth Championships and the gold medal of the 2004 World Junior Championships, but she took only the fifteenth place at the 2008 Olympic Games and the fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games.

In addition to winning the 2008 United States Olympic Team Trials, she became the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 National Champion. While competing for the University of Texas, she won the Collegiate National Championship in 2006.

Carter’s father, also a former Olympian and an NFL star, is the only athlete to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring during the same year. Both Michelle and her father hold the current National High School Record in the shot put, which makes them a unique father-and-daughter couple of successful sportsmen. Michelle set her record in 2003 while winning the Texas state championship; her father’s record has been unchallenged since 1979.

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.” She is also a professional makeup artist; proprietor of ShotDiva.com, which sells clothes and makeup services; and a promoter of the You Throw Girl sports confidence camp.

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