Hometown: Nashville, TN
Highlights: 2012 Olympics Assistant Coach, Recipient of the 2011 Olympic Torch

Christy Halbert heads up the USA Boxing's Task Force on Women. She began her pro boxing career as she was finishing her PhD in sociology. She was one of the first to investigate the stereotypes and discrimination around women in boxing.

Halbert runs the Boxing Resource Center in Nashville, TN and has led Team USA in numerous international events, including the first-ever Women's World Championships. Halbert’s advanced instruction book, The Ultimate Boxer, is a top-selling boxing book. She has spent two decades fighting for the inclusion of women’s boxing in the Olympic games.

“Sometimes I am shocked that getting into the Olympics actually happened. I fluctuate between ‘Wow, how did this happen?’ to ‘Why didn’t this happen 20, 50, 100 years ago?’” says Halbert.

Halbert’s own beginning in the sport was more practical. She started boxing because she needed money. Listen to that story above.

Christy Halbert