The truth? Hardly anyone would believe it. And winning an Olympic gold medal as a 17-year-old boxer is only the half of it.
“She has come so far from … that little girl who didn’t have a coat but still got up in wintertime and went to school. Who didn’t have anything to eat and still made her way,” said Mickey Rouse, who has become a mother figure to Shields and whose husband, Jason Crutchfield, coaches the Olympic champion. “That girl, who can forget her? That’s remarkable.”