The Olympics have come and gone so fast, as the 2016 Games closed out in Rio on Sunday night. There has been plenty to follow these last few weeks, from the various scandals to the many historic wins. But when it came to pushing boundaries, the women of the Olympics have shown up in solidarity, making huge strides and taking gold medals while they're at it. Speaking of boundary-pushing, history-making athletes, is Claressa Shields at the closing ceremony? The Team USA boxer is an incredible athlete to be watching.
Although the competitions come to an end on Sunday, the closing ceremony came soon after, and Shields is attending the final Olympic event while rocking both of her gold medals, Team USA said.
Shields — just like women's boxing — made her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Games in London when she was 17 years old. She hails from Flint, Michigan, a city that suffers from economic disparities and which has been the center of a severe water contamination crisis. The Team USA athlete didn't have the easiest upbringing, though she has made a name for herself in sports as arguably the best boxer at this moment. Shields has made history in the time since she first started her career as an Olympic boxer.
Shields was the first American woman to win the gold medal in boxing and has continued her winning streak since those 2012 games to win three World Championships and another gold in Rio on Aug. 21 against Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands. Shields won all of her 12 fights in Rio, and with her latest gold medal, she sets her boxing winning streak at 77-1 — her only loss ever was recorded ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
Upon her big win in Rio, she said "Oh my god, I won," according to Team USA, adding, "I listened to the game plan, and I had fun last round, and I landed a lot of big shots and I won the gold medal. Oh, my god. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. This is crazy."
Women truly dominated the 2016 Olympics. Not only did they win big in their events, but they also did it all the while empowering one another. And Shields was no exception. She wanted to share an important message with the world. According to Team USA, she said, "I worked so hard to get here. Not anybody can be an Olympic gold medalist period. But to say I'm a two-time Olympic gold medalist, oh my God, I can't even believe I just said that."
The whole world should be ready to see more from this incredible Olympian moving forward. There is no doubt she will continue to push the limits of women's boxing.