Too often, we ask ourselves who we are, why are we here, and what our purpose on earth is. For shotput athlete Michelle Carter, she has found her identity in Christ Jesus through her sport and inspiring others to do the same.
Michelle Carter believes that everything God does is intentional and that everything, including the sport she plays, is for a good reason. Michelle is the first U.S Olympic female gold medalist due to her record-breaking throw in the shot put events.She recalls the moment when it happened, during her sixth throw, which was her last chance of securing a medal in the Rio Olympics.
She recalls the moment when it happened, during her sixth throw, which was her last chance of securing a medal in the Rio Olympics. It was then she thought of how hard she worked to get to that point, training for 15-20 years to throw a shot put as far as she could.Michelle knew that God was setting her up for victory, and upon leaving this to the Lord, she gave it her all. She walked into the ring and to her own amazement, she actually threw the shot put the farthest that she has ever thrown. Michelle’s record was 67 feet, and 8 and a quarter inches.
Michelle knew that God was setting her up for victory, and upon leaving this to the Lord, she gave it her all. She walked into the ring and to her own amazement, she actually threw the shot put the farthest that she has ever thrown.Michelle’s record was 67 feet, and 8 and a quarter inches.
Michelle’s record was 67 feet and 8 and a quarter inches. This was where Michelle found her identity in Christ Jesus.
It Runs in the Family
Michelle’s father, Michael Carter, also serves as her personal coach. Michael was a shotput silver medalist and also a three-time Super Bowl Champion.
It was in middle school where Michelle got into the sport and started competing on the international circuit by the time she reached high school.
Shotput throwing is not as easy as it looks.
Michelle explains that the weight of the shotput is 8.8 pounds, which is similar to the weight of a newborn baby. Shotput athletes have to be “in shape to throw” because the sport requires a lot of power and agility.
Body Love and Acceptance
Upon finding her identity in Christ Jesus, Michelle used her status to spread some positivity towards women. To Michelle, the phrase “in shape” sheds some light on body image issues.
This is why she is determined to empower fellow female athletes as well as the youth towards body positivity. Michelle knows that she may be bigger than the average woman, but she is okay with it because she knows that there is a reason as to why she is built that way.
Michelle thinks it is important that women and the youth everywhere should accept and love their bodies no matter what shape and size. She explains that this is because the media is always trying to impose the standards of what an ideal body should be, which just adds to the pressures that women are already facing.
“God has created you the way you are because there’s a job specifically for you,” She said.
We are created the way we are because we have our own identity in Christ Jesus.
Michelle is slowly trying to change the way strong women are perceived in society. She is inspiring her colleagues to embrace and accept themselves and their bodies.
Often, female shotput athletes are perceived by many as women who supposedly tone down their femininity in the sport in order to be taken seriously. Michelle shows everyone that strong athletes like her can also dress up and look feminine and still be an excellent athlete.
She says that we were all created to stand out, to be unique. Most importantly, Michelle believes that beauty, true beauty, is beyond someone’s physical appearance.True beauty lies in how
True beauty lies in how we give back to God, to finding our identity in Christ Jesus, to loving ourselves and embracing what God has made for us to be.
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