We’re counting down the 25 best former Texas athletes still competing in their sport. Each day we’ll reveal a new athlete.
Michelle Carter arrived at Texas as a record-breaking high school champion from Red Oak High School. Carter and her father, Olympic champion Michael Carter, both hold the national high school record for the shot put. Carter set her record in 2003, while her father’s record has stood since 1979. Michelle was a four-time Texas state champion when she came to college, and she left Austin as the 2005 and 2006 indoor NCAA National Champion and the 2005 outdoor runner-up. She was a seven time All-American at Texas and a five time Big 12 champion in the shot put. Carter was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Honor in 2016.
Pro career: Carter is a three-time Olympian and won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio when she broke her own American record with a shot put toss of 20.63 meters. Carter is the only U.S. woman to ever win Olympic gold in the shot put and only the second U.S. woman to ever medal in the event. She also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She won the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the shot put six times — all since 2009. Counting indoor meets, Carter has won 10 USA Track and Field titles, setting American records in shot put in both outdoor and indoor. Simply put: Carter is the greatest U.S. woman in the history of the shot put.
Why she’s here: Carter will be 34 when the next Olympics arrives and to our knowledge she hasn’t announced she won’t try to qualify for the Olympics. Carter won bronze at the World Championships in 2017 in London, so she is still competing. She is also active off the track, where she launched her program “You Throw Girl” which talks to young women about body image and confidence.
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