Bodies We Want 2009

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Michelle Carter

Photograph By ESPN The Magazine

Take it from her dad: "Before a competition, Michelle gets her hair, nails and toes done. She does it to feel confident, so she can focus in front of large crowds. But she can also hold her own against any NFL linebacker or running back in the weight room. I should know -- I played in the NFL. She can jump hurdles, she can do the splits, and she has the flexibility of a dancer. Nothing is beyond her reach. Nothing." --Michael Carter, Former NFL lineman and Olympic shot putter