Black Sports : Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields from Flint, Michigan

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    Boxer Claressa Shields, shown here in November 2015, wants to follow in Muhammad Ali's footsteps.

    For Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields, Round 2 Brings New Expectations


    Claressa Shields will be back in the ring Aug. 17 to defend her Olympic gold medal. The 2012 Olympics in London were the first time women were allowed to box in the Games and the 17-year-old high school student from Flint, Mich., made history.


    But winning a gold medal didn't change her life as much as she thought it would.


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    Claressa Shields stood on the podium on Sunday afternoon with the Olympic gold medal hanging around her neck that she had just won in women’s boxing. She reached into her pocket and pulled out her other gold medal, the one she won in London at the 2012 Games.

    She slipped it over her head, looked down at both medals at her chest and let out a huge smile. It was historic on so many levels, something never seen before. Shields became the first U.S. boxer to win two gold medals.

    “I’m the two-time Olympic champion!” Shields said, defeating the Netherland’s Nouchka Fontijn in the women’s middleweight (75-kilogram) division in a unanimous decision. “Oh my God, I feel like I’m dreaming. I don’t want to wake up right now. Please tell me I’m not dreaming.”:cheerleader:
     
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    Glanced over this portion for an instance and thought someone was cursing.
    The mind is an interesting thing

    But in general, I often wonder what Olympic medalists do after they are no longer Olympians?

    Roy Jones (though he was robbed, and could do nothing about it) went on to become one of the better boxers of his generation. Sugar Ray Leonard before him likewise.

    But then what about the others, females in particular?

    Debbie Thomas, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Marion Jones, etc.

    Stars of past Olympics, then and now
    http://www.chron.com/olympics/article/Stars-of-the-Olympics-then-and-now-9123453.php#item-38488

    The one that stands out the most is Flo Jo (RIP), as she was like Biles and had so much WOW!


    Hopefully these new athletes find a way to transition their world accomplishment into a continual progression of success.
     
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    I loved Flo Jo and was so sad when she passed away and at such a young age. She was an amazing runner who started the trend of wearing makeup and styling her hair when she competed. Now I look at some of the younger performers doing the same thing and am reminded each time of Flo Jo.

    I hope that whatever fame Claressa receives from having won 2 gold Olympic medals that it is followed by fortune. It would be good for her to have a trusted mentor who can guide her future in terms of endorsements and business opportunities. She's still young so she may want to continue competing and setting bigger records and that will only fatten her wallet and her recognition. To say what this would do for her and her family in Flint can not be over stated. This young woman is a diamond in the rough. Earvin Magic Johnson would be a great mentor for her, don't you think?
     
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    Yea, just viewed some old clips of her from 88, made everyone else look like they hit a treadmill halfway through the runs.

    Not sure if one mentor is good enough. Have envisioned a job/fair co-op between business leaders and athletic personalities for a type of training/intern framework to help younger athletes learn how to invest and or create their own opportunities, and thus share with others when they achieve their potential.

    Michael Jordan would definitely go a long way in repairing his image when it comes to investment choices (or lack there of), if he were to consider joining in and being a driving force behind this idea as well.

    Laila Ali would be another good addition

    But, just a thought... I tend to have plenty of ideas, rarely get asked.
    So be careful what you ask for, might get it ;)
     
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    I totally agree with all of your suggestions of possible mentors, Bro. UB. What about Kobe now that he's venturing out into the corporate world post-retirement from the NBA? I don't know much about him, to be honest, other than I've heard a few scandals he's been involved in. But it seems he's recovered from them and gotten his life back together, as have many of these athletes who have been around for a long time, thankfully.

    I don't know about you all but I'm so proud of our sons and daughters that performed at the 2016 Olympics...talk about awesome!!

    Simone Manuel (bottom right) is another amazing athlete that deserves more recognition and possible mentoring. And, Simone Biles (bottom left) is a story unto herself with her multiple gold medal wins. She's well deserving of the attention, BUT, it seems that the media wants to focus more on her story as opposed to these other women, including her team mate, Gabbie Douglas. BUT, I am proud of them ALL because I'm sure if we knew all of their stories, it took quite a lot for them to get where they are.

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