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Awards ceremony held for Claressa Shields

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(08/28/12) - Her Olympic experience is more than two weeks behind her, but the spotlight continues to shine on Flint's Claressa Shields.

Tuesday morning, an awards ceremony was held for the gold medal boxer at the McDonald's at Clio and Pasadena on Flint's north side.

Dozens of residents and local leaders came to recognize the athlete for her hard work and historic win in London.

"This is the least we can do. This is her favorite McDonald's and she is our favorite Olympian," said Sam Cox, McDonald's Franchise Owner.

Shields received plaques and special honors from the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Flint leaders and State Representative Woodrow Stanley.

"I've been honored a lot and it really means a lot to me to know that I'm not just honored in one part of the community up in Flint. I've got honored in the 5th ward, second ward. It really means a lot," Shields said.

Now, as the 17 year old prepares for her senior year, she says it's still hard to believe she brought home the Gold.

"I've had a dream for so long - 14, 15, 16," Shields said. "And there were so many ups and downs and even though I was 29-1, it seemed like I wasn't going to be able to qualify for the Olympics. I just couldn't believe it when they put that medal around my neck."

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