Claressa Shields is by far the star of the U.S. Women’s Boxing Team. At age 17, Shields was the first woman to win a gold medal in boxing at the 2012 London games. The Middleweight returns to the Olympics, as the reigning AIBA 2015 Women’s Boxing World Champion. If she wins gold again at this Olympics, she will become the first U.S. boxer to earn three combined world or Olympic titles.
Her 74-1 career record has earned her endorsements from Powerade and Dicks Sporting Goods, among others. Her documentary is premiering next month. Universal Studios already has the rights to her story.
She’s joined on the nine-member women’s team by Naomi Graham, Melissa Parker and Shadasia Green, the heavyweight.