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UPCOMING: CLARESSA SHIELDS BRINGS HOME THE GOLD

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.”

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9 Comments to “UPCOMING: CLARESSA SHIELDS BRINGS HOME THE GOLD”

  • WriterSanti August 17, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Yay go girl! And she is from Michigan too, nice.

  • Faux Real August 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    She’s beautiful with a great & genuine smile!

  • Shi August 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I read about her story about a month before the Olympics. Very inspirational. So proud of her and Gabby.

  • Misunderstood August 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I hear that LaTanya! Congrats Claressa girl u r awesome!

  • LaTanya August 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    That’s our Flint girl!!! Congrats Claressa we’re so proud of you……ok I’m in Detroit which is like 5 miles away but here in Michigan we’re all claiming her! lol

  • Celeste August 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I read about her life story. She’s my hero!

  • MzGaCantDoRyght August 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! ! I love seeing all this talent

  • Khai August 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    That’s awesome! I love how she and Gabby give all the glory to God:)

  • Sherley August 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    YES! YES! YES! Young black people doing it big! Keep giving it to me BCK! Love it! Congrats Claressa!

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