Claressa Shields grew up in Flint and began boxing when she was only 11 years old. By the 2012 Summer Olympics, at age 17, female boxers stepped into the ring for the first time to compete for Olympic gold. Shields won the Olympic middleweight gold medal, in a 19-12 victory over Russia's Nadezda Torlopova. She made history by becoming the U.S. fighter to win gold in Olympic women’s boxing. She's a true pioneer and an excellent ambassador for Flint.
|Claressa posing with staff during her visit to the International Academy
|Mr. Kendall of the International Academy, who helped train Claressa