Michigan Teenager Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields Hoping For Olympic Boxing Gold!
Published on July 19, 2012
In its heyday, in the 1950s and '60s, Flint was a booming automobile-industry town -- home of the car manufacturer General Motors. But when the factories closed down, the city began a drastic decline into poverty and crime that seems almost impossible to stop. Now, a young female boxer named Claressa Shields is hoping to turn her town's future around. The 17-year old is carrying the hopes of a struggling city in her quest for an Olympic Gold medal at the London Olympics. Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Flint, Michigan.