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Gabby Douglas is the youngster that’s been garnering the brunt of headlines for her Olympic feats, but boxer Claressa Shields is another teen deserving of recognition. The Michigan native grabbed the gold medal Thursday (Aug. 9) in a 19-12 victory against Nadezda Torlopova of Russia. At just 17-year-old, Shields dominated her 33-year-old opponent during the bout. […]
The 2012 Summer Olympics is poised to be a huge ratings grabber for NBC, but it also spotlights a bevy of Black athletes who have broken barriers in their sports. Olympic swimmer Lia Neal of Brooklyn is only 17, but she’s become the second Black woman in her field to make it to the games. […]
Claressa “T-Rex” Shields had all the odds against her and she still prevailed. The 17-year-old from the economically depressed city of Flint, Michigan, is the youngest female boxer competing in 2012 Summer Olympics and has pushed forward in the face of adversity, and sexism, but will faces an even bigger battle as she strives for […]