Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding girl athletes who all are your fans, they shall like to know from you, what they should do for their climb to ladder of success in the field of women shot put?
Ms. Michelle Carter: The advice I would like to give to inspiring future women shot-putters is be true to you. Work hard and never give up and think outside the box. Don’t let people box you in especially for a sport that women are not known to do. I want them to know that muscles are beautiful, you are beautiful and your body is beautiful. Work with what you have and master it.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: How did you feel before and after your memorable win of bronze medal at the 2012 World Indoor Championship (19.58m/64-3ft)?
Ms. Michelle Carter: Before I won the bronze medal in 2012 I was nervous. I have practiced hard right and had good off-season. I knew that I can be on the podium before I got to the Championships. After the championships I was extremely happy I felt that reaching the podium was a sign to what I can do in outdoor season. I was happy to accomplish one of my goals and it was definitely a confidence booster.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: How has your educational background of a degree in’ Youth and Community Studies with a Minor in Kinesiology’ been a catalyst in your path of success in being an exceptionally accomplished athlete and a spectacular achiever in the sport of shot put?
Ms. Michelle Carter: Having a Kinesiology background has helped me understand how the body works. I’m able to understand why my body needs to do in order to complete a movement. Learning a new technique or working on timing, I’m able to break it down not just from an athlete point of view but also scientifically how my body works. I am able to isolate certain muscles. I can figure out what muscles I need to work and identify which muscles I need to strengthen. Learning the human body and understanding it gives you an advantage.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You won gold at the 2004 World Junior champion (17.55m/57-7). Elaborate your experience on this exceptional performance?
Ms. Michelle Carter: Winning gold at world Junior championships was about proving to myself that I can do this. After I completed my freshman season it was rough I wasn’t sure if this is what I wanted to. I started doubting my skills. After making the team I realize I enjoy this and I have to go out there and do this for me. I couldn’t throw for my parents or for my coaches. I have to prove to myself that I have what it takes to win. I went out and had an exceptional performance. I surprise myself.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have won six-time USATF Outdoor champion – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Two-time USA Indoor champion – 2013 & 2014, Three-time USA Outdoor runner-up – 2005, 2010, 2012, Two-time USA Junior champion – 2003 & 2004, (16.33m/53-7) and 2004 World Junior champion. What responsibility these wins bestow upon you in your future efforts and activities in the field of athletics with specifically in shot put?
Ms. Michelle Carter: I have the responsibility to keep pushing the standard and to pave the way for those coming after me. When you’re able to go out there and be great at something you set the bar for everybody else. I want to set the bar high for others to know that this is possible and that you can do this. I know that my wins are not just about me but I am an example to others that you can be great.
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