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Olympic Boxing Champion, 17, Gets Capitol Welcome

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: U.S. Olympian Clarissa Shields (C) presents her coaches Jason Crutchfield (L) and Ed Kendall with the Order of Ikkos medal during their visit to the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: U.S. Olympian Clarissa Shields (C) presents her coaches Jason Crutchfield (L) and Ed Kendall with the Order of Ikkos medal during their visit to the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields remains in the spotlight Wednesday, when state legislators welcome her to the Michigan Capitol.

The 17-year-old middleweight from Flint is getting a reception at noon from members of the Genesee County delegation.

Those on hand to greet her are to include Flint Democratic state Reps. Woodrow Stanley and Jim Ananich, House Democratic Leader Richard Hammel of Mount Morris Township, and Democratic state Sen. John Gleason of Flushing.

Shields beat Nadezda Torlopova of Russia 19-12 in London on Thursday as she battered her way to the gold in the first Olympics featuring women’s boxing.

She received a hero’s welcome Monday when she flew back to Flint, with hundreds cheering her at Bishop International Airport and at a rally.

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