During the 2016 Summer Olympics Primetime coverage from Rio, the cameras will shine a light on American track star Michelle Carter. The 30-year-old is a contender in the women’s shot put. She holds the American record in the event with a distance of 20.24 m (66 ft 43⁄4 in), which she set at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. At the 2008 Olympics she finished 15th; at the 2012 Olympics she finished fifth.
Michelle Carter is the daughter of former Olympian and NFL player Michael Carter. He is the only athlete to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring in the same year (1984). After graduating from Southern Methodist University (where he was on both the college football and track teams), Carter won the silver medal in the shot put in Los Angeles. That same year he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers; they won the Super Bowl that season (technically in 1985). Carter spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers – he won two more Super Bowls before retiring in 1992, when Michelle was 7. 2016 Summer Olympics Primetime coverage featuring track and field events will begin Friday, August 12 at 8pm on NBC.
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