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If you thought Michael Carter planned for his daughter to follow and surpass his footsteps in the shot put think again. When Michelle came home in the 7th grade and said she wanted to throw the shot, she had no idea about her dad's past with it. Michelle said, "I didn't grow up knowing my dad it. I actually picked the sport because someone said 'why don't you try out for the track team?'"
Her dad said he told her, ""Who put you up to it? Do you realize what you're getting yourself into?"
There's no way Michelle knew what she was getting herself into, but the result was pretty special.
QT #2: Michael Says There is No Comparison Between Being Olympic Champion and Superbowl Champion
Michael was brought into the mixed zone where he and Michelle shared a special hug to celebrate her accomplishment. He was asked what it's like being a Super Bowl champion and an Olympic gold medallist. He said, "There's no comparison... winning the gold medal at the Olympics you're the best in the world at the time. With the Superbowl you have the chance to win it every year. This only comes around once every four years or once in a life time." He added, "I'm numb right now."
He said the shot requires a special type of discipline as "you have to go do this day in and day out with no one watching. With football if you don't push yourself the player next to you is going to push you."
Michael said he has told Michelle she can throw 21 meters if she does her best. "If you just do what we ask you, you can throw far. How far is up to you," he said.
Before the final throw, Michelle was just focused on doing her best. "All I could do was pray in that moment, you've got to give it your all," she said. She prayed, "Lord just help me give it my all," and then she unleashed a monster throw.
Michelle was elated to come out on top with the best throw of her life, in the final throw at the biggest competition of her life. It's what athletes dream of and she accomplished it saying "I'm just grateful I had this moment... I knew I wanted to win...To be able to have all those pieces finally come together that....at that one moment, is a great moment."
Michelle can now return to being a diva which is what she likes to do off the track. After she won, media members thought she was crying but instead she was applying lip gloss. Michelle wants to empower other women and girls to be confident in who they are. For Michelle that means being confident as a girly but bigger woman who is now the Olympic shot put champion.
You can check out her website http://www.shotdiva.com.