Flint Boxer Claressa Shields Punches Her Olympic Ticket
Claressa Shields is going to the 2012 London Olympic Games. The 17-year old Flint Northwestern junior got the news today after the fighter she lost to in the second round of qualifying beat her opponent. That loss was the first of Shields’ career, but she will have a chance to bounce back and go for the gold in London.
Upon hearing the good news, Shields called her coach back in Flint, Jason Crutchfield to let him know. “Coach! I made the Olympics! I made the Olympics!” was what Shields told Crutchfield when she called him from the AIBA Women’s World Championships in China.
So despite suffering her first boxing loss, Shields has indeed made the Olympic team for the first ever Women’s Boxing competition in the Olympics. Shields is a middleweight, and is still favored by most to do well in London.
She started boxing at Flint’s Berston Field House when she was just 11. Now she has a great chance to win Olympic gold.
Everyone in Flint is proud and will be cheering for Claressa Shields this fall when she boxes in the Olympic Games.