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Berston Field House to host watch party for Claressa Shields

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She made history by becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing in 2012.

This year she wants to make history once again.

Her performance at the London Olympics, and continued dominance since returning home, has led Claressa Shields to become a household name.

You may not know it from the outside, but the Berston Field House is where Flint's own gold medalist Shields learned how to box.

Bryant Nolden, who oversees the recreation center, proudly displays Shields' image for all to see. He is hyped for the Olympics and for Shields to win her second gold medal.

"I'm extremely proud of Claressa's accomplishments. Someone who started right here at Berston Field House as a little teenage, tiny little girl, has gone on to great great things," he said.

That tiny little girl is a woman now and as Nolden wants other young people in Flint to learn from her positive example of overcoming all odds.

"Your dreams can come a reality. All you have to do is put in the time, the effort, the determination, the will power and have that mindset of never giving up," Nolden said.

As Shields looks for the top prize in Rio, Nolden will be hosting a watch party for all of Flint to fight along with her at every single punch.

"We are looking right now to find a gigantic screen and we are going to have a watch party all three days here that she boxes," he said.

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