Flint welcomes Olympic boxing gold medalist Shields home

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Gold medalist Claressa Maria Shields of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Boxing Middle (69-75kg) on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Boxer Claressa Shields has been welcomed home by family, friends and hundreds of fans in Flint after winning her second Olympic gold medal.

The 21-year-old Shields arrived Tuesday at Bishop International Airport sporting the medal she won Sunday at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the one she won in the 2012 London Games.

Shields became the first American boxer of either gender to win two Olympic boxing gold medals.

The middleweight, told supporters Tuesday that she “carried” them in her “spirit” during the recent games and that she tried to knock her last opponent out for her fans back home.

She also asked that residents come together to beat a lead-tainted water crisis that started when the city switched in 2014 from Detroit’s system to the Flint River.

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