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Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Carter: 'All I Could Do Was Pray'

08-13-2016

Michelle Carter won the shot put gold medal Friday night at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 56 years after Earlene Brown claimed the bronze in the same event during the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

 

 

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Carter is the first American woman to win gold in her event and is also he second person in her family to win a medal.

Her father, Michael Carter, took silver in the same event 32 years ago during the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Although the former San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl champ is her coach, Michelle says her faith carried her through the tough competition. 

"All I could do was just pray in that moment, 'You know what, Michelle? You have to give it your all. This is it,'" Carter said.

Carter told Athletes in Action that she gave her life to Jesus Christ when she was 6 years old. 

"I grew up in church. I don't know anything different," Carter said. "My faith has always been part of my life."

The American Record Holder, seven-time USA Champion and business owner is not shy about sharing her faith. She is known to lead Bible studies while she is on the road. 

"God puts us in position to do the things we need to, both on and off the track, to honor Him," she said. "We have to be ready to share our faith in Christ."

 

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