10 Things You Should Know About Claressa Shields
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1. Claressa Shields made history at the 2016 Olympics as the first American boxer to win back-to-back gold.
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2. Claressa was born in Flint, Michigan.
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3. She got the name T-rex when she was 11-years-old because she was “very skinny and I had short arms, but I used to always be swinging.”
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4. Claressa was a shy teen and didn’t have many friends until she gained confidence from boxing.
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5. Boxing gave Shields an outlet to channel her anger from being molested as a kid.
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6. Claressa admits that she would sacrifice meals just so that her siblings could eat while growing up in Flint.
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7. She calls herself Serena Williams’ “Little Twin.”
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8. Claressa is the biggest weight class in the Olympics for women and said she eats a lot!
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9. In 2016, Universal declared the rights to make a movie about Claressa.
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10. Shields is the first US woman to ever receive a gold medal in boxing.
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11. She adopted her cousin’s baby when she was just 19.
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