Hillary Clinton Shares Body Positive Message from USA's First Shot Put Gold Medalist
Hillary Clinton shared Olympic shot put winner Michelle Carter's body positive message after she became the first US woman to win gold in the event
You go girl!
“If you are feeling good, you look good, you are confident about yourself, you are going to go out there and you will rock it,” the quote from Carter, 30, reads.
Clinton added her own celebratory message, saying, “Yesterday, Michelle Carter made Olympic history in the women’s shot put, earning Team USA’s first gold medal in the event. Congratulations, Michelle!”
And Carter didn’t just become the first U.S. woman to win gold in the event – with her win, Carter and her dad, Michael, who won a shot put silver at the 1984 Los Angeles games, are now the first father-daughter duo to win individual track and field medals at the Olympics.
Carter, the self-proclaimed “Shot Diva,” is one of a group of female track and field athletes who have spoken out about feeling confident in their body after being body shamed for having something other than the stereotypical athlete’s shape.
Hammer thrower Amber Campbell, at 5’7″ and 200 lbs., is the ideal size to excel in her sport.
“I’ll never be 135 lbs. at 5-foot-7,” Campbell said. “If I were 135 lbs., I couldn’t throw a hammer. It’s not about being wispy and thin. To be a good athlete, you have to be strong.”
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Carter’s fellow shot putter, Felisha Johnson, points out that not every athlete’s body is going to look exactly the same, and says that she takes pride in her “muscular and bigger” shape.
“If you want to be an athlete, your body is going to be totally different.”