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Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields
Boxing USA

Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields
  • Birth date 3/17/1995
  • Birthplace Flint, Michigan
  • Hometown Flint, Michigan
  • Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Height/Weight 5'9"/ 165 lbs
  • Olympics 2012

Biography

In 2006, an 11-year-old Claressa Shields began her foray into the world of boxing. Just six years later, the Flint, Michigan native would make history at the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the first American female to win a gold medal in the sport. When she was growing up, Shields often found herself getting picked on, and by the time she was in fifth grade, she had had enough. Shields began getting in street fights, which soon put a swift end to the bullying. A year later, she started boxing after being motivated by a story that her father – a former boxer – told her about Laila Ali taking after her dad, the great Muhammad Ali. Shields immediately became a force to be reckoned with, and as she continued to rack up championships and accolades, women’s boxing was added as an Olympic discipline in 2012 for the first time ever. Shields advanced through U.S. Olympic Trials that year, then won three bouts in one week in London to claim the gold medal in the middleweight (75kg/165 lbs) division at the age of 17. Now 21 years old, Shields is more confident than ever as she attempts to defend her Olympic championship in the 2016 Rio Games.
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Getting to know Claressa Shields

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2012 Olympic gold medalist

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First American female to win an Olympic championship in boxing

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2014 world champion

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