Red Oak High School alum and Olympic shot put champion Michelle Carter, 34, continues to be recognized for her outstanding achievements in sports.
Carter is set to be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on March 28 in Waco, marking her second hall of fame induction after being inducted into the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2018.
“When I tell you it all still feels like a dream, I'm for real,” Carter posted on Facebook on Feb. 8. “It still feels like a dream.”
The three-time shot put Olympian, 2016 Olympic champion and American record holder is hailed as the most successful female shot putter in American history, having been the first American woman to win gold in the sport.
The Red Oak Independent School District where Carter first showed her prowess with the spherical ball, congratulated her for the prestigious recognition. She won eight shot put state championships in high school and still holds the indoor and outdoor high school national record for girls.
She earned a full track scholarship in 2003 to The University of Texas where she became a 7-time All-American and a 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor shot put champion.
Carter is a professional makeup artist who “throws the shot put wearing eyelashes and lipstick,” according to her Facebook profile.
Away from the field, the Olympic gold medalist is also the founder of a sports camp for girls called You Throw Girl. Its mission is to empower young athletes to be confident and healthy.
“I have been able to touch so many lives, the young and the experienced, black, brown, white and all the colors in between…,” Carter’s post continued. “Throwing the shot put has allowed me so many opportunities to encourage others. God gave me this gift that's not popular but it's effective and I'm so grateful!”
The shot put champion has her eyes set on a fourth Olympic appearance to defend her title and is currently competing to make Team U.S.A.
She inherited a passion for the track and field event from her father, Michael carter, a 1984 Olympic shot put silver medalist. To this day, he still holds the high school national record, set in 1977.
“My Dad was inducted in 2002 and I remember going to his ceremony thinking how cool is this. Now it's my turn,” Carter wrote.
The Carters will be the first father-daughter duo to be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Six other inductees will join Carter for the ceremony on March 28: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III, former Houston Texan punter Shane Lechler, international soccer star Clint Dempsey, former New York Liberty point guard Teresa Weatherspoon, former Texas Ranger baseman Adrian Beltre and 5-time Olympic long-distance runner Francie Larrieu Smith.