The first thing you notice about Claressa Shields is that she laughs.
A trip to the mall, a favorite day out for plenty of 17-year-old girls, is not always so simple for Shields.
"I never thought there would be days I didn't want to go outside, or go to the mall, because I didn't have privacy," she said. "It's not horrible, but I don't have much privacy. It's like I'm a celebrity."
The thought that she's a celebrity causes her to break out in giggles. It's hard for anyone who had fame suddenly thrust upon them, but it is particularly difficult for a 17-year-old high school senior.
In particular, it's tough for a 17-year-old high school senior who lives in a city with one of the most depressed economies in the country. Shields is a bona fide celebrity in her native Flint, Mich., and hardly a day goes by when she doesn't pose for a photo or sign an autograph.
Even adults more than twice or three times her age want to stand next to her, to pat her on theRead More »from Claressa Shields is just your average, everyday 17-year-old Olympic boxing gold medalist