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Claressa Shields, 17, Wins Olympic Gold in Women’s Boxing

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich., made history on Thursday when she won Olympic gold in the boxing ring. She beat Russia's Nadezda Torlopova for the top spot on the podium in the Women’s Middleweight final.

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Live Chat Watch Party: Boxer Claressa Shields Goes for Olympic Gold

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Chat Now! Join WNYC.org for a live chat watch party as boxer Claressa Shields competes for history. The teen from Michigan will fight for gold in the first-ever women’s boxing Olympics competition. Watch her go for the gold at noon with WNYC’s Marianne McCune and others who have followed Claressa from the start.

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Claressa Shields, 17, Advances to Finals in Women’s Boxing

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Claressa Shields, a teen boxer from Flint, Mich., won her bout in the Olympic Boxing semifinals on Wednesday, positioning herself for a run at the gold medal during the finals tomorrow.

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Olympic Women Boxers Claressa Shields, Marlen Esparza Advance to Medal Round

Monday, August 06, 2012

Two of the three members of Team USA will advance to the medal round in the first-ever Olympic women’s boxing competition. This year was the first time women’s boxing has been included in the Summer Olympic Games.

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An Olympic Coach's Primer on Women's Boxing

Sunday, August 05, 2012

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Coach, sociologist and former boxer Christy Halbert has been advocating for women boxers for several decades. When she started boxing, women were barred from competing in amateur tournaments. Now she's an Assistant Coach at the first Olympics to include women boxers. 

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Women Boxers Choose Perilous Path

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This summer women will make sports history by boxing for the first time in the Olympic Games. But stepping into the ring means risking brain injury and, in rare cases, sudden death.

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LOOK | A Year With The Contenders

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Only three boxers made the first ever US Women's Olympic Boxing Team. Many tried. They gave up jobs, quit school, moved across the country to train with top coaches. Sue Jaye Johnson spent the year following their quest to make history. These are some of the photographs she took along the way.

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And the Winners Are

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Olympic Team Trails for female boxing came to an end over the weekend. Each of the three winners went undefeated throughout the week-long tournament. 

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Claressa Shields, 16, Boxing To Be Someone

Friday, February 17, 2012

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For the past three months, Sue Jaye Johnson and Radio Diaries have been following a 16-year old boxer named Claressa Shields as she prepares to compete for one of three spots on the very first U.S. Olympic women's boxing team. Radio Diaries gave Claressa a tape recorder, and the story follows her from her Flint, MI, high school to the gym where she spars, only with boys, to the home of her father, a former boxer who spent most of Claressa’s childhood in prison. 

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Doubt is Foreign to Boxer Claressa Shields

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Claressa Shields, 16, of Flint, MI, prayed before her fight Tuesday night at the Women's Olympic Trials in Spokane, WA. But she doesn't seem to need anyone's help.

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Claressa Shields, 16, Beats Top Ranked Franchon Crews

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Claressa Shields, 16-year old boxer out of Flint, MI, was calm and confident last night before she defeated the National champion, Franchon Crews, by a wide margin. Crews is an experienced fighter. "I wasn't nervous at all," Shields said. "I knew I would win."

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Risking Everything to Go Pro

Friday, February 10, 2012

Brooklyn born boxer Heather Hardy wants to be a world champion. She will not compete this month to make the first women’s Olympic boxing team – she plans to go pro instead. But getting paid to fight – when you’re a woman – is difficult even for top tier boxers. So, like female boxers around the world, Hardy hopes the women who enter the ring in London this summer will change her life, too.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Women's Boxing

Friday, February 10, 2012

Boxer Claressa Shields, a 16-year old girl from Flint, Michigan, whose is set on getting to the 2012 Olympics, and her coach, Jason Crutchfield, and and former pro fighter Christy Halbert talk about the sport of boxing and the field of women boxers. They will be appearing at the Greene Space event, “Women Box: Fighting to Make History,” on February 10.

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Ask the Coach

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Meet Christy Halbert, widely regarded as the foremost expert on women’s boxing.

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EDITOR'S NOTE | Women, Once Boxed In, Now Going For the Gold

Sunday, January 29, 2012

It is hard to believe that in 2012 we’re still seeing firsts when it comes to women athletes. Yet, this summer in London a strong and glorious group of international women boxers will enter the ring and compete for Olympic medals for the first time.

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Boxing Toward the Olympics

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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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A History of Women's Boxing

Sunday, January 29, 2012

1876: New York Hills Theater holds a boxing match between Nell Saunders and Rose Harland. This is considered the first female boxing match in the United States. The top prize? A silver butter dish.

1904: Men and women’s boxing is introduced at the modern Olympic games in St. Louis ...

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Why Would a Woman Want to Box?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This summer in London, women will box in the Olympics for the first time. The boxers competing for a spot on the US team will make history – but few know who they are or why they box. Images of women boxers range from girls throwing soft punches in bikinis and lipstick to women who look and act like men. The Olympic hopefuls are neither--but everything in between.

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Tyrieshia Douglas: Boxing is My Mother and My Father

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The tradition of boxing gyms that offer troubled kids a chance to learn self-control is still alive. But until this past decade, those gyms were populated by boys. That has changed.

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