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Local Olympian To Be Honored By Flint Community Schools

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Olympic gold medal winner Claressa Shields. (WWJ/Sandra McNeill)

Olympic gold medal winner Claressa Shields. (WWJ/Sandra McNeill)

FLINT (AP) – The Flint Community Schools will honor 17-year-old Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields at a celebration Sept. 15.

WEYI-TV says the honors will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Perani Arena and Event Center. It will be part of the district’s back-to-school observance.

The Flint high school student beat Nadezda Torlopova of Russia 19-12 on Aug. 9 to win the middleweight title in the first Olympics featuring women’s boxing.

The Michigan native was the only U.S. fighter to win gold at the London games.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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