Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields

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Claressa Shields plans to defend her gold medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was the only American boxing gold medalist at the 2012 Games in London and quickly became a mega-celebrity in her hometown of Flint, Mich.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Claressa Shields attends BET Honors 2013: Red Carpet Presented By Pantene at Warner Theatre on January 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for BET)
BET Honors 2013: Red Carpet Presented By Pantene
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Claressa Shields attends BET Honors 2013: Red Carpet Presented By Pantene at Warner Theatre on January 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for BET)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields takes a break during workouts at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. The ferociousness that won Shields an Olympic gold medal melted away as she climbed on the podium to claim it. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields takes a break during workouts at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. The ferociousness that won Shields an Olympic gold medal melted away as she climbed on the podium to claim it. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields takes a break during workouts at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. The ferociousness that won Shields an Olympic gold medal melted away as she climbed on the podium to claim it. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields spars with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields spars with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields spars with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Claressa Shields plans to defend her gold medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Getty)
Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields plans to defend her gold medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Getty)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields shares a laugh with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields shares a laugh with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields shares a laugh with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields spars with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Unwilling to accept a life of poverty, crime or worse, Shields found her family, her passion and her way out through a small, dark basement gym. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields spars with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Unwilling to accept a life of poverty, crime or worse, Shields found her family, her passion and her way out through a small, dark basement gym. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields spars with training partner Ardreal Holmes at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Unwilling to accept a life of poverty, crime or worse, Shields found her family, her passion and her way out through a small, dark basement gym. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields skips rope at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Shields is a fearsome presence in the ring. Her scowl and angry stare are the first signs of the trouble that awaits her opponents. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields skips rope at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Shields is a fearsome presence in the ring. Her scowl and angry stare are the first signs of the trouble that awaits her opponents. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields skips rope at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Shields is a fearsome presence in the ring. Her scowl and angry stare are the first signs of the trouble that awaits her opponents. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields trains at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields trains at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo, Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields trains at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. Aside from her Olympic title and a jab that could knock someone out cold, Shields isn't much different than other high school seniors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Gold medalist Claressa Shields of the United participates in the medals ceremony after their women's final middleweight 75-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Gold medalist Claressa Shields of the United participates in the medals ceremony after their women's final middleweight 75-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Gold medalist Claressa Shields of the United participates in the medals ceremony after their women's final middleweight 75-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 photo, the United States' Claressa Shields, celebrates winning against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in their women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 photo, the United States' Claressa Shields, celebrates winning against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in their women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 photo, the United States' Claressa Shields, celebrates winning against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in their women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
The United States' Claressa Shields, celebrates after winning her fight against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, during the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, celebrates after winning her fight against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, during the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, celebrates after winning her fight against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, during the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, fights Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, in a women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, fights Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, in a women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, fights Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, in a women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, celebrates after winning her fight against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, during the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, celebrates after winning her fight against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, during the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, celebrates after winning her fight against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, during the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, celebrates winnning against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, in their women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, celebrates winnning against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, in their women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
The United States' Claressa Shields, in red, celebrates winnning against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, in their women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Gold medalist Claressa Shields of the United States celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Middle (75kg) Boxing final bout on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Gold medalist Claressa Shields of the United States celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Middle (75kg) Boxing final bout on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
United States' Claressa Shields, right, fights Sweden's Anna Laurell in a women's middleweight 75-kg quarterfinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Esparza, Shields chase gold in women's boxing The Associated Press
United States' Claressa Shields, right, fights Sweden's Anna Laurell in a women's middleweight 75-kg quarterfinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, right, and Claressa Shields, of the United States react following a women's semifinal middleweight 75-kg boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, right, and Claressa Shields, of the United States react following a women's semifinal middleweight 75-kg boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, right, and Claressa Shields, of the United States react following a women's semifinal middleweight 75-kg boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
United States' Claressa Shields reacts following a fight against Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova in a women's middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
United States' Claressa Shields reacts following a fight against Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova in a women's middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
United States' Claressa Shields reacts following a fight against Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova in a women's middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, left, fights United States' Claressa Shields during their middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, left, fights United States' Claressa Shields during their middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, left, fights United States' Claressa Shields during their middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, right, and United States' Claressa Shields react following their middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, right, and United States' Claressa Shields react following their middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, right, and United States' Claressa Shields react following their middleweight 75-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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