With the global pandemic affecting the normalcy of things and major sporting activities across the board, there’s this Olympic gold medalist who’s remained resilient through all this Covid life. She has adapted to the new way of doing things and wholly embraced the internet. Things got busy for her and her Motivational speaking has picked up tremendously, She’s using her social media as a way to make her impact and be an inspiration to many others.
Meet Michelle Denee Carter, an American shot putter, and the current Olympic women’s champion. She holds the American record in the event, a record that she set at the 2016 Rio Olympic games when she won gold and in the process, she became the first American to do so. Michelle followed in her father’s footsteps (Michael Carter) who is also a former Olympian and shot putter having won a silver medal for Team USA at Los Angeles 1984. She has participated in 3 consecutive Olympics since Beijing 2008. Michelle Carter is a graduate of Red Oak High school where she was a four-time state champion in the shot put. In college, she was a seven-time All-American, and also won the Big 12 conference title five times. In 2018 Michelle was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Michelle is a passionate advocate for body positivity and empowerment, she has spearheaded campaigns such as the ‘You Throw Girl Sports Confidence Camp’ that is aimed at encouraging young girls to love their bodies no matter the size. Aside from that her love for beauty and fashion has led her to become a certified professional make-up artist and has even set up her own line of makeup, Shot Diva. Michelle is focused on building a business brand that encourages others to be their best. Michelle’s Olympic journey is far from done as she aims to add another gold medal to her collection at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. There is so much more to come from the founder of You Throw Girl. Stay Tuned.
Tell and Tell Secrets:
To keep a strong mindset, prove the naysayers wrong, and excel beyond means, Michelle shares how her faith, learning, and trusting in God’s word have kept her going through difficult moments.
She believes that we are all beautifully and fearfully made with God bestowing each one of us with special gifts and we should all do the most to ensure that we utilize these gifts to the best of our abilities. No one should shake your identity and the standards you live by.
Words of advice:
● Life is about the journey, not the destination.
● I will extend the same grace that I want someone to extend to me.
● It doesn’t matter what size you are, what color you are, or where you’re from, and what you look like as long as you believe in yourself and you’re willing to put the work in.
● If I feel like I can do better then I’m going to do better
● I hope people realize that fathers have an impact on their daughter’s lives, not just the father-son, there is a father-daughter thing that goes on out there.
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Instagram – @shotdiva
Twitter – @ShotDiva
Facebook – ShotPutDiva
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