EXCLUSIVE: Young Boxer Goes From Humble Beginnings to Olympic History
Harris Faulkner sits down with Claressa Shields.
From humble beginnings in Flint, Michigan, to Olympic glory in London. This morning, Harris Faulkner brought us an in-depth look at Claressa Shields' history-making journey as part of Fox News' celebration of Black History Month.
Shields' father went to prison when she was two and her mother struggled with alcohol abuse, so she eventually moved in with her grandmother. Here's how her trainer, Jason Crutchfield, remembers meeting Shields.
"She came in and she stood at the door. She looked for, I think like a couple of days. I said, are you crazy, you want to box? Why? She said, 'I just wanna box. I just wanna be remembered. If something ever happens to me, I want to be remembered that I done something,'" he recalled.
At age 17, Shields became the first female American boxer to bring home Olympic gold, defeating Russia's Nadezda Torlopova at the London Games. Now she has her sights set on doing it again in Rio two years from now. But her goals for career go even further than that.
"I want to be known as the best female boxer of all-time. I want people to remember that I came from nothing, I had not-so-good parents, and I lived in a crazy town. But I still made it, I still made something out of myself," said Shields.
Watch the full interview above to hear Shields discuss winning the gold and now being the first person in her family to go to college.
Tune in to Fox and Friends each Friday morning this month as Harris examines African Americans that have made their mark on the business world, and sits down with former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder. It's all part of the Ailes Apprentice Program's annual Black History Month series.