Claressa Shields

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In London this past summer, 17-year-old boxer Claressa Shields won the first gold medal ever for women's middleweight boxing in the Olympics, marking her meteoric rise to the very top of international boxing in just two years. “Many Boxers are very fast or very strong,” the New Yorker wrote about Shields last May. “Shields is both.” Shields grew up in Flint, Mich. amid boarded-up houses and abandoned car factories. Her father spent nearly a decade in prison, and Shields lived with her grandmother and then an aunt. She trained in the basement of Berston Field House, which didn’t even have a speed bag. Her reservoir of resilience, determination, smarts, and talent is hard to fathom.
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How to succeed in sports... and in life

How to succeed in sports... and in life

What is the single characteristic most likely to predict success in athletes? Our mini-series concludes with two powerful women: Amy Purdy and Claressa Shields. Read more »

How boxer Claressa Shields overcame adversity to win gold

Boxer Claressa Shields, age 17, clawed her way out of hardscrabble Flint Michigan to win the first ever Olympic gold medal for women’s middleweight boxing. She has won 31 fights — and lost only one. “That fight made me work so much harder when I got back to the gym, even though I cried and I was sad. It made me hungrier.”

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Additional speakers announced for PopTech Camden - including first ever female Olympic gold medalist for middleweight boxing!

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Claressa Shields stepped into the boxing ring at the London Olympics August 9th and fired off a series of sharp combinations that dumbfounded Russian Nadezda Torlopova and won her the first gold medal ever awarded for women’s middleweight boxing. At just 17, and with an incredible tale of personal resilience, she has risen to the top of the women’s boxing world in two short years, and is

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