17-Year-Old Boxer Claressa Shields Had An Amazing Reaction To Winning Gold

After receiving her gold medal — the first female middleweight boxing gold ever awarded at the Olympics — Shields’ excitement takes over her body.

1. London 2012 is the first Olympics to feature women’s boxing. And Claressa Shields, a 17-year-old from Flint, Michigan, is one of America’s most talented female boxers.


For more information about Shields, read this wonderful New Yorker story from a few months ago.

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2. Today, she proved as much, beating Nadezda Torlopova of Russia for the middleweight gold medal.

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3. As she receives her gold, you can see Shields begin to shake. Presumably, it’s hitting her just then: she’s the first to do this in American history.

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4. Shields’ reaction once the medal is around her neck might be the purest distillation of what the Olympics mean that we’ve seen yet this Games.

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5. This is history, victory, and joy, wrapped up into the same expression. Claressa Shields is the best.

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