6. Claressa Shields
Hometown: Flint, MI
Claressa, a 17-year-old high school junior, called her trainer from the AIBA women’s world championships in Qinhuangdao, China excited that she qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games. Shields earned a spot after an English boxer—who defeated Claressa earlier in the week—won her semifinal match and advanced to the finals. Do you think she can bring the excitement back to female boxing like a young Leila Ali? I guess we’ll see!