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Teen Contender Claressa Shields: Women Box Podcast from WNYC

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Claressa Shields, 16-year-old boxer and Olympic hopeful (Sue Jay Johnson)

In the 6th episode of the  Women Box podcast , 16-year old Claressa Shields tells the story of her journey from high school junior in Flint, MI, to Spokane, WA for the first US Olympic Team Trials for women boxers.

In the 6th episode of the Women Box Podcast, 16-year old Claressa Shields tells the story of her journey from high school junior in Flint, MI, to Spokane, WA for the first US Olympic Team Trials for women boxers.
In the 6th episode of the Women Box Podcast, 16-year old Claressa Shields tells the story of her journey from high school junior in Flint, MI, to Spokane, WA for the first US Olympic Team Trials for women boxersIn the 6th episode of the Women Box Podcast, 16-year old Claressa Shields tells the story of her journey from high school junior in Flint, MI, to Spokane, WA for the first US Olympic Team Trials for women boxers.
In the 6th episode of the Women Box Podcast, 16-year old Claressa Shields tells the story of her journey from high school junior in Flint, MI, to Spokane, WA for the first US Olympic Team Trials for women boxers.

There are many layers to Shields' story, produced by Radio Diaries, but one focus for Women Box is how hard it is, financially, to make it as an amateur boxer. We hear Claressa and her coach, Jason Crutchfield, asking a Flint church for help. And middleweight boxer Franchon Crews recalls how easy it was to forget she was a National Champion upon returning to her apartment after a tournament and finding ... (Want to know? Take a listen.)

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Comments [5]

Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

This series needs serious editing, it's awful. Unfortunately this young woman's voice and speaking style doesn't work for radio, she was very difficult to understand.

@Joan from Brooklyn:
"Also, I'm loath to name the many stereotypes you hit with this one."

I couldn't agree more.

Jul. 25 2012 08:53 AM
Joan from Brooklyn

You cut off an interview of Scott Simon's about drones but thought it was just fine to go on ad nauseum about this young woman? Who thought it was a good idea to make women's boxing a running feature? Also, I'm loath to name the many stereotypes you hit with this one.

Mar. 03 2012 09:12 AM
Sean

HOW LONG IS THIS PIECE? This is awful.

Mar. 03 2012 08:55 AM
Brooklyn

PLEASE EDIT THESE PIECES! This is excruciating. Reconsidering my pledge. Seriously, almost a minute of breathing and yawning and mumbling through a phone call? Pathetic.

Mar. 03 2012 08:52 AM
pat from Deerfield mi

Wish you all the best Clarissa you have a strong mind and heart go for it

Feb. 28 2012 09:04 AM

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Men have boxed in the Olympic games since the ancient Greeks adopted the sport more than two thousand years ago. Women, never. That changes this year, when women enter the Olympic boxing ring for the first time.

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