30 year old Michelle Carter, is now an Olympian gold medalist. It’s something she’s been training for years for.
And the connection goes beyond genetics. Michael Carter has been his daughter’s coach throughout her career, giving him an unmatched perspective on her development into an Olympic medalist — part father, part coach, he fills a similarly unique role among the many American families gathered here for these Rio Games.
Michelle Carter joined him on the medal podium on Friday. She won gold in the event with a distance of 20.63 meters (68 feet, 8 1/4 inches), earning the USA its first track medal here and making the Carters the first father-daughter team to capture individual-event medals in Olympic track and field history. And making Michelle Carter the first African-American female to win an Olympic gold in this event.
“I’m just grateful we had this moment,” Michelle Carter said.
“Everybody wants to come out and win the gold, and sometimes it takes a personal best, sometimes it doesn’t,” she said. “But to be able to have all those pieces come together, it’s a great feeling.
“I knew I had more in the tank. And to go out there and put the pieces together and pull it out … I’m just really excited.”
Father/Coach Michael Carter says “I’m numb right now.” “She has more,” Michael Carter said. “I told her, if you just do what we ask you, you can throw far. How far is up to you. All you have to do is just do what we’re practicing. And on that last throw she did.”
Michekle didn’t let her father down, she surpassed all of his desires. Congrats to The Carters. Dynamic Duo.