Michelle Carter

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It was in Michelle Carter's blood to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Carter made history on Friday as the first American to win a gold medal in the women's shot put event, but there's a slightly lesser known story behind this athlete's rise to the podium. In fact, Michelle followed in her father Michael Carter's footsteps to the Summer Games, who took home the silver medal in shot put more than 30 years prior at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. 

The father-daughter duo is the first ever from Team USA to earn medals at the Olympics, but it's safe to say Michelle's dad will be on medal-shining duty for years to come. 

"Of course, I can't wait until I get the medal and I can walk around the house and say 'Daddy, I got you,'" Carter told reporters, per NPR.

The Carter patriarch, who is his coach's daughter, made headlines during his heyday as the only athlete to ever win an Olympic medal and Super Bowl for the San Francsico 49ers within the same year.

And if the Carter family could get any more impressive, Michael still holds the national high school record he first set in 1979 for shot put. Michelle also remains unchallenged with her own record, which she set during the 2003 Texas state championship. 

Congratulations to Michelle and Michael! They certainly have a lot to celebrate. 

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