Day 14 Feature Athlete: Nicola Adams

English Boxer and Gold medalist Nicola Adams is today’s feature athlete. Adams, 29, beat the defending champion, China’s Cancan Ren, in a thrilling 16 – 7 victory. Her Gold medal makes her Britain’s first ever female Olympic boxing champion.

Her road to success wasn’t easy though, as Adams nearly gave up the sport because no one would sponsor her. In 2007, Adams was the first to win a European boxing medal, and in 2008, won the first World Championship medal. Despite her success, Adams still struggled financially as she still couldn’t get funding. She had to take odd jobs on building sites and even worked as an extra on a soap opera.

Adams finally got financial backing in 2009 when the International Olympic Committee backed Women’s Boxing for the first time.

Check out these articles on Nicola Adams from around the world.

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