Flint and Saginaw were well represented in the 2016 Olympic games with Claressa Shields and Draymond Green both bringing home gold.

Green came into the games as a part of a heavily favored US basketball team.  Despite some close calls, Green and his team, cruised to Olympic Gold.  Green had a much smaller role with Team USA, but told the Free Press that winning gold was the goal.

Hey, I’m gonna do what I can, whatever I have to do. If that’s play a lot, if that’s not play at all, that’s what it is.’ The goal is to win a gold medal, and I reached that goal

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Claressa Shields was also favored to win gold, but she also set quite a bit of history with the Olympic win.  Shields has rewritten the history books by accomplishing the following list.

  • First American woman to win gold in boxing
  • First American boxer to win consecutive gold medals

Shields cruised in her gold medal match, and even asked her trainers if she had been hit at all in the fight.

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During the gold medal ceremony, she pulled her 2012 Olympic gold medal from her pocket, and put it around her neck.

The picture of two amazing people that represent Flint and Saginaw should make everyone in our area feel amazing.  These are two athletes who continue to work hard for themselves, and the cities that raised them.

Salute to both Draymond and Claressa for being a shining example for every young person in our city.