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Michelle Carter: God Made Me Intentionally

Known as "The Shot Diva", Michelle Carter is the first U.S. Olympic woman's shot put gold medalist. She stresses body image and beauty while competing, and being embraced by the love of Christ. Read Transcript


MICHELLE CARTER: I know that God is intentional with everything

that He brings to me and what He does for me.

I'm not here just to be here.

NARRATOR: Michelle Carter, finish this sentence for me.

God made me--

MICHELLE CARTER: Intentionally.

He created me on purpose for a reason,

to throw the shot put for sure.

That's one of the things I am created to do.

NARRATOR: Michelle Carter's American record-breaking throw

at the Rio Olympics thrusted her to the forefront of shot put

success, becoming the first US Olympic women's gold medalist.

And it came with suspense on her sixth and final heave.

You have 15 to 20 years of work for that one throw,

that one moment.

And I was like, OK, Lord, you told me I have a victory,

so this is the time to show me.

And I'm going to give it all that I have.

And this is my last throw in the Olympics.

And so I just prayed that real quick, got refocused,

walked into the ring, and then I just threw.

I couldn't believe it.

That's the furthest I've ever thrown.

NARRATOR: 67 feet, 8 and 1/4 inches.

Her dad, Michael Carter, a shot put silver medalist

and three-time Super Bowl champion,

is also Michelle's coach.

She first picked up the shot while in junior high

before competing internationally during high school.

For the shot put, of course you have to have your strength,

but you also need to have speed.

My shot put is 4 kilos, which is 8.8 pounds, which

is about the size of a newborn baby.

I get set up.

And you throw.

You need to have explosive power,

so you need to have good agility to move your feet quick

and be in the right place at the right time.

So you have to be an overall athlete.

But you need to be in shape to be able to throw.

NARRATOR: For Michelle, the phrase "in shape"

opens a fitting cultural dialogue

about body shape and body image issues,

a subject on which Michelle crusades

to encourage female athletes, women, and youth.

MICHELLE CARTER: I think accepting your body

and body image is very important,

because there are images that are put out in the media

and in your face every day that you need

to look this certain kind of way;

then it's going to take you far in life.

But God has created you the way that you

are created, because there's a job specifically for you.

To throw the shot put for sure-- that's one of the things

I am created to do.

So I'm larger than the average woman.

And I'm OK with that.

I've embraced.

NARRATOR: Not only does Michelle embrace it,

she's influencing her colleagues and how the strong women who

compete in it are perceived.

MICHELLE CARTER: I throw the shot put,

people expect me to look like somebody named Helga

and to not put on makeup.

To be considered serious about my sport--

that I can actually dress up, or bring my femininity in,

and my own flair, and my own style,

and still be great at what I do, and it's OK.

But recreate it different to be unique.

NARRATOR: Success aside, her flair has made Michelle a shot

putting pioneer.

She's also a professional makeup artist, known as the Shot Diva.

Michelle has an added pre-event routine,

putting on her own unique game face.

MICHELLE CARTER: I always believe if you look good,

you feel good, you do good.

And for me, getting ready for a competition, I'm doing my hair,

my nails are painted, I'm putting on my makeup.

Then when I step in that circle, I'm free to do good.

What is the must-have for you that you've got to have on?

My eyelashes. [LAUGHS] I have to have those on.

That completes the look for me.

Fashion and beauty is a reflection

of what's on the inside.

And if you're genuine, they match up.

The core of who you are will be the same.

I can walk in a room of people who may not know

Christ and still be myself.

And they could still see Christ in me

even though they may not know who it is,

but I know that they could see that in me

and I'm carrying that with me.

Where do you see beauty in the shot put?

There's a method to the madness.

Down to even a quarter of a second,

what has to happen in the right order,

because the technique carries it.

If you rely on your strength, it's

only going to take you so far.

But when we rely on God, He's able to back us

and He's able to work things for us.

I'm not going to go far without Him,

because He's in control of everything.

And giving that power back to Him makes my job easier.

NARRATOR: Shot put wonder Michelle Carter

carries more than a medal and message,

relishing the freedom to embrace herself with a love that's

greater than gold.

What I admire most about Jesus Christ is His love.

His love surpasses all understanding.

And God said I was created in His image.

But at the end of the day, you're yourself

and you're who God created you to be.

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