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. According to reports, the teen even taunted Torlopova by sticking her tongue out after ducking a few blows.
Thanks to the win, Shields became the only one on the 12-person American women’s team to earn a gold medal in London.
A native of the economically struggling city of Flint, Shields is the youngest female boxer to compete in the games, and navigated her way through adverse obstacles to become a gold medalist. She is the subject of a new documentary about her road to the games, which added women’s boxing to its roster for the first time in history.
Producers of the film created a website seeking donations to cover expenses from traveling across the pond to chronicle Shields’ Olympic quest. To date the site has 652 backers and raised over $64,000 for the film.
Click below to see photos of Shields gold-medal winning fight.
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