#78 – Michelle Carter | How to be Confident

Michelle Carter is the 2016 Olympic Shot Put Champion, three-time Olympian as well as a World Championship gold medalist.

Her success in Rio 2016 made her the first American women to win the Shot Put since the women’s competition began in 1948.

Michelle’s energy is infectious, her personality shines through and she’s an inspiration to all young athletes that want to achieve great things.

Lewis and Michelle talk about a range of subjects around confidence, parents coaching their kids, managing your expectations and her outlook on these topics. All these have lead her to start the You Throw Girl Confidence Camps.

A bit of a side note, Michelle’s father, Michael, had a 9 year NFL career with San Francisco 49ers and Silver Medalist in the Shot Put the Olympics himself.

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This episode at a glance

  • What Michelle is up to recently. [3:00]
  • How the pandemic has changed Michelle’s shotput training plus and what her training program looks like. [3:58]
  • How Michelle started in shotput. [6:26]
  • Michelle’s father (Michael Carter) sports history. [8:13]
  • When Michelle realized that she would like to become an olympian. [10:32]
  • What held back Michelle from trying out for the 2004 Olympics. [12:09]
  • How her relationship with her father has grown as she was coaching her shotput career. [13:06]
  • Michelle’s advice for kids and parents in sport. [16:25]
  • Nature vs Nurture. [19:06]
  • Michelle describes the throw that landed her gold at the 2016 Olympics. [21:57]
  • The crazy schedule and media after her olympic win. [25:45]
  • Advice for athletes who are struggling to see progress in their performance. [26:43]
  • How and why Michelle Carter started her confidence camp, You Throw Girl. [28:31]
  • The cause of the pandemic of low confidence in young people. [31:08]
  • What Michelle does to improve her confidence. [34:09]
  • How Michelle navigates periods of low confidence. [35:18]
  • The power in admitting when you are wrong. [38:35]
  • Her plans for You Throw Girl and her professional career. [40:00]
  • The book that has influenced Michelle the most. [41:03]
  • Advice Michelle would give to her younger self. [42:43]


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