Claressa Shields already owns a piece of the history books as the first American woman to win gold in boxing and become the first American boxer (male or female) ever to win gold in back-to-back Olympic Games ...She has inspired her hometown of Flint and women across the world with her story of overcoming a difficult childhood and intense adversity to become the greatest female boxer in the world.
Column: Remember when people said boxing was dead?
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."