Teen Contender Claressa Shields: Women Box Podcast from WNYC
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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.)