EUGENE, OR - JULY 07: Michelle Carter competes on her way to placing first in the Women's Shot Put Final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on July 7, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


Longhorn Olympian could become first US athlete to medal in the same sport as her father

Posted August 9th, 2016


The shot doesn’t put far from the tree. Or, in the case of former Longhorn and Olympic shot putter Michelle Carter, hopefully just a little farther.

Carter is one of the 20 Longhorn athletes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She is also the first U.S. athlete ever who could possibly medal in the same event as her father, Texas Public Radio reports.

READ: Michelle Carter sets Olympic Trials record in shot put


Michael Carter won the silver medal for shut put during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles before going on to win three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. He was, understandably, very intrigued after Michelle took up shot put in high school. As she told Texas Public Radio:

“He asked me tons of questions like ‘Who said something to you? What did they say? How did they present it to you?’ And I’m trying to figure out, like, why is he asking me all of these questions?”

Michelle and her father currently hold the national high school records for girls and boys in the sport. This Friday, Michelle will participate in her third Olympics and compete for a chance to medal in the same individual event as her father, making U.S. history.

Now, if that doesn’t make a father proud…

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