LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields is being honored by Michigan lawmakers at the state Capitol.
The Flint native received a standing ovation Wednesday afternoon from senators and guests in the Senate gallery in Lansing.
She also will be honored in the state House by Rep. Woodrow Stanley, Democratic House Leader Richard Hammel and other legislators from Genesee County.
The 17-year-old Shields is a junior at Flint Northwestern High School. She beat Nadezda Torlopova of Russia 19-12 in London on her way to the gold in the first Olympics featuring women's boxing.
Shields was the only U.S. fighter to win a gold at the London Olympics.
Hundreds of Flint and Genesee County residents greeted her return home Monday at Bishop International Airport.