Michigan House Welcomes Flint's Gold Medal Boxer

Aug 15, 2012

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives are welcoming home Flint native Claressa Shields, the first Olympic gold medalist in women’s boxing. 

All that glittered was gold Wednesday as Claressa Shields entered the House chamber to thunderous applause.  With her medal around her neck, Shields shook hands with admiring fans and posed for photos. 

Shields made history at the London Games by becoming the first Olympian to win the gold in women’s boxing.

"It feels good," Shields says.  "I know nobody ever done what I done, but I kind of knew it was going to happen.  So I'm happy.  I'm thankful."

The 17-year-old Shields is a student at Northwestern High School in Flint.  She says she doesn’t know yet if she’ll return for another shot at gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.