Boxer Claressa Shields aims for another Olympic gold

Still frame from NBC Olympics video

Like all Olympians, boxer Claressa Shields had a dream to win a gold medal, except hers came after she actually won it. She’ll wake up in Rio this week, trying to do it again.

“I had a picture of the gold medal on my phone. I had that as my screensaver just to keep me focused on what i was there for. To actually see the gold medal, and to actually touch it, i just couldn’t believe it! I was going crazy. I was losing my mind. I really wanted to stay up there stand professional, but i just couldn’t. I just got to shaking and holding the medal and grabbing it. I feel like it was unreal,” Shields said.

The Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games can be seen August 5 on News Channel 8. News Channel 8’s Paul Ryan will be in Rio with live reports during the Olympics, which run from Aug. 5 – 21. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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