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ABC12 checks in with Claressa Shields, Jason Crutchfield

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(11/26/12) - It's been more than three months since we witnessed Golden girl Claressa Shields make history, winning the first women's boxing gold medal.

While she has gained attention for her victory, her coach Jason Crutchfield remains committed to training not only her, but other Flint-area children trying to beat the odds.

"It's hard sometimes. I just keep pushing through and I just try to be an example for them," Crutchfield said.

Despite obstacles in a city plagued with street violence, dreams are born and fought for.

Olympic Gold Medal winner Claressa Shields trains at the Berston Field House. It's also where kids are trying to beat the odds in an after school program.

"I'm her protector. I'm her protector. Not only her, but all of them," Crutchfield said.

48-year-old Jason Crutchfield is the main coach at Berston. Five to six nights a week, you'll find him there teaching kids a right hook and how to roll with the punches in life.

"A lot of the kids down there depend on me. I'd hate to leave them," he said.

But his father role doesn't end at the gym. Shields now lives with him and family.

We learn that the fatherly concerns for a teenage girl are the same for a gold medalist.

"Don't get her messing with boys. That's it, messing with them boys," Crutchfield said.

But despite fatherly concerns, the natural progression of a young girl growing up is happening.

"Whenever you guys go with me, you all are my kids. That's what I tell them. You're my kids," Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield tells us he plans to train Claressa for the 2016 Olympics. He also says he wants to make sure Claressa attends college.

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