CLARESSA – Gold Medal in Olympic Boxing

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Published on September 10, 2016

In 2012, 17 year old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, Michigan became the first woman ever to win the gold medal in Olympic boxing.

This short film picks up with Claressa in 2015. She’s still in Flint and has received no sponsorships or endorsements. And she’s faced with a difficult decision – does she continue on with how things are and hope for the best or does she leave behind her family, her gym and everything she knows in pursuit of her career?

This film is a follow-up to the feature documentary T-Rex directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper, recently broadcast on Independent Lens and now available on Vimeo (vimeo.com/ondemand/trex).

“Claressa” is a co-production with Great Big Story (greatbigstory.com/) and Victory Journal (victoryjournal.com/).

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