Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

Meet The First US Woman To Win A Gold Medal In Shot Put

Michelle Carter won Olympic gold on Friday, following in the footsteps of her dad, who won silver in the same sport in 1984.

Posted on August 13, 2016, at 1:15 p.m. ET

Meet Michelle Carter, a makeup artist and motivational speaker, and now the first US woman to win Olympic gold in shot put.

Carter, 30, competed Friday night at the Rio Games. In her initial attempts, she trailed the competition.

Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

Carter, who previously competed in the 2012 and 2008 Olympics, needed to pass New Zealand's Valerie Adams' throw of 20.43 meters.

Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty Images

On the sixth attempt, she nailed it — a distance of 20.63 meters earned her the gold and made US history.


Note: Olympic video and GIFs are only available to US audiences.

Not only was it the first gold medal for a US woman in the event, it was the first medal — period — for an American woman shot putter since 1960.

Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

With her medal, Carter followed in her father's footsteps. In 1984, Michael Carter won the silver medal for shot put in the Los Angeles Olympics.

AP Photo/Paul Benoit

In the photo above, Michael Carter is shown in 1979 when he set a Junior World record.

In addition to track and field, Carter played professional football; he won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.

In July, he told NBC the athletic ideals he had tried to teach Michelle and his two other children.

"You want to work hard and be diligent in what you do," he said. "You don’t give up. You don’t quit."

Carter, who goes by Shot Diva on social media, thanked everyone who had prayed for and supported her. "I just can't believe it," she said. "I'm just so happy."

As Carter would say, #YouThrowGirl.

Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

Watch Michael Phelps swim for the last time tonight in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.