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The Next America Culture 2012 / Culture

Boxer Gets Gold, Joins League of U.S. Women Athletes Making Olympic History

Tracking some of the achievements of America's diverse Olympians.

Claressa Shields, in red, celebrates after winning her fight against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in blue, during the women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

photo of Doris Nhan
July 30, 2012

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Friday, Aug. 10

With her gold-winning Olympic boxing match, Claressa Shields became the only U.S. boxer to win gold in the London Games, as well as the first American woman to win the top prize for boxing.

The 17-year-old boxer, who is African-American, hails from Flint, Mich., and beat out Russian Nadezda Torlopova for the middleweight title.

Shield's victory puts her into the league of already extraordinary U.S. women who have made a strong showing in the 30th Olympiad. Her victory came the same day that the U.S. women's soccer team beat out Japan and the women's water polo team overcame Spain, both for the gold, the News Tribune reports.

 

The U.S. is currently in the lead for the most medals won in the London Games, with the total count at 90. For the first time, the U.S. sent more women athletes than men to the Games and their efforts haven't been for nought.

U.S. women have won 26 gold medals--close to one in four of every gold awarded to women, according to the Washington Post. The U.S. has a total of 39 gold medals so far.

"It’s a celebration for women all over the world, not in just the United States," Abby Wambach told the Post after her team's gold-medal soccer match on Thursday. "Title IX is obviously a huge thing."

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Mexican-American Wins Silver in 1500m Race: After clinching the Olympic silver medal in the 1,500-meter race, Leo Manzano became the first American to do so in 44 years. Manzano claims roots in Mexico, having emigrated to the U.S. when he was 4 and his family settled in Texas, the Denver Post reports. To celebrate his multicultural roots, Manzano did a victory lap after the race wrapped in both the Mexican and U.S. flags, Sports Illustrated reports. His website boasts a happy photo of him holding two flags.

Friday, Aug. 3

The U.S. has taken the lead (for now) for the most Olympic medals won in London. The total count stands at 37, with 18 gold, nine silver and 10 bronze.

Gymnast Gabby Douglas made history after winning gold in the individual women's all-around. As one of the few black American gymnasts to compete in the Olympics, she's the third straight America, after Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson, to win the honor.

Swimmer Rebecca Soni smashed the world record in the women's 200m breaststroke final, taking gold for the event. Her win also makes her the first woman to ever successfully defend her title; Soni won gold in the same event in Beijing.

Thursday, Aug. 2

The U.S. is still tied with China for the most Olympic medals overall, though China boasts more golds. The count, as of 9:20 a.m.: 13 gold, eight silver and nine bronze.

Baltimore native Michael Phelps, who captivated the world at the Beijing Games by winning eight gold medals for swimming, broke another record July 31: After winning gold in the 4x200m freestyle with his team, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian with 19 individual medals won.

He also boats the most gold medals won, 15, at the Olympics.

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong, who came to London after giving birth and suffering a broken collarbone, became the oldest cyclist to win a gold medal after her victory in the individual women's road race.

Tuesday, July 31

A new day, a new set of records and achievements by Team U.S.A. Let's get to it.

As of 11:15 a.m., the U.S. team is tied with China for 18 total Olympic medals, although China leads the way with more gold. The count for the U.S.: six gold, seven silver and five bronze.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, the two-time Olympic champions for women's beach volleyball, clinched another world record Monday after winning their 32nd consecutive set in Olympic beach volleyball.

Their win also knocks the record for the most consecutive victories in Olympic beach volleyball, at 16. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings have been on an Olympic winning streak (touch wood) since the 2004 Athens Games.

Though not a world record, Olympic newbie Missy Franklin won over the hearts of America after beating out Australian favorite Emily Seebohm in the 100m women's backstroke race. The 17-year-old, who had completed a 200m freestroke preliminary just minutes earlier, pulled ahead of Seebohm in the last 50 meters and finished in 58.33 seconds, setting a new American record.

Monday, July 30

Just a few days into the 2012 London Games, and the U.S. has already clinched 13 medals as of noon Monday: three gold, five silver and five bronze.

In her win during the 100m women’s butterfly, swimmer Dana Vollmer also set a new world record as the fastest woman to swim the race, finishing in just under 56 seconds.

Not to be outdone, teammate Natalie Coughlin took the crown for the most Olympic swimming medals held by a woman after winning bronze with her team during Saturday’s 400-meter freestyle relay. Coughlin now shares the honor with fellow Americans Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres, all three of whom hold 12 medals each.

Other world records broken so far by Team USA:

  • Skeet shooter Kimberly Rhodes holds the most Olympic shooting medals for any woman after winning gold. She joins Marina Logvinenko of Russia and Renata Mauer-Roznaska of Poland for a total of five Olympic medals.
  • Swimmer Michael Phelps, who captivated the world during the 2008 Beijing Games, now holds the most Olympic medals for any man, with a grand total of 17 medals.
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