Seventeen-year-old U.S. Olympic team boxer Claressa Shields is on her way to making Olympic history.
It is the first time in Olympics history that women’s boxing will be a medal sport and Shields is the youngest U.S. boxer in 40 years.
And the humble and grounded teen has her faith in her corner.
“God has a plan for me, if it’s meant for me to get this gold medal, I will,” Shields said. “I’m thankful though, all Glory to God!”
Her team says she prays in her corner before every fight.
“It’s been stressful. I’ve been praying to God. Please give me a chance. Give me a shot. When I lost, it threw me off. At least I get a chance to get a gold medal and have a good learning experience,” she said in an interview. “I lost one but when I get to London, I will not make the same mistake. Now I know all the girls I am looking forward to. I’m going to study them like a book.”
The rising star only lost for the first time in her career as she worked to qualify for the Olympics.
“When she lost for the first time in her life she prayed very hard,”photographer Sue Jaye Johnson, who is on a film production team documenting Shields’ journey said in an interview with The Christian Post.
“She emerged from that experience feeling like God was trying to send her a message. That she needed to experience a loss and not take anything for granted,” Johnson told The Christian Post.