For the first time ever in the history of the Olympic games, woman’s boxing was a medal sport. What’s also amazing is that the gold medal was won by a 17- year-old African-American named Claressa Shields.
Claressa, who is also the youngest U.S. boxer since 1924, was humbled and excited about the opportunity to compete for the medal. When she found out that she was going to the Olympics she said, “God has a plan for me, if it’s meant for me to get this gold medal, I will. I’m thankful though, all Glory to God!”
Shields, who hails from Flint, Michigan, became the first woman to win the Olympic middleweight title by defeating Russian boxer Nadezda Torlopova in London on August 9, 2012.
“This was something I wanted for a long time, even when boxing wasn’t going all right, even when my life wasn’t going all right,” said Shields after her victorious win.
“All I wanted was a gold medal, and I kept working towards it, even when people were saying I couldn’t do it. I’m too young. I couldn’t do it. There were girls who were going to beat me because of better experience, more experience. I proved them all wrong.”