“the boxing He saved me in so many ways,” he confirms Naomi Melissa Grahamrepresentative of United State In the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
the boxer From FayettevilleAnd North CarolinaShe will be the first woman to represent her country Belongs to Military service active.
Beyond what it means to achieve a goal, Sgt. mayor of the state Seeking to leave a legacy and be an inspiration to future generations.
Middleweight competitor in Olympic boxing It was a complex path since its beginnings in Fayetteville.
Being the youngest of six sisters, Graham got involved in boxing At the age of nine, he wants to follow in his sister’s footsteps Rachel ClarkAnd boxer Among the professional 2008 NS 2011.
“My mom never let me box or train. I will never forget the feeling that the gym feels like boxing It was where he belonged,”
Only four years later, after graduating from High school pine forestHe found himself homeless for some time, a situation that made him change his life.
“He is soldier NS Athlete It means everything to me, I can from both sides show what a leader is. I can be a mentor to both sides and I like people from both sides.”
coming from a military familyAnd Graham He signed up in 2013, saying he only wanted to serve me country”.
later sent to Fort Carson, Colorado, Where he realized that his ambitions boxing It can be raised there.
In 2015, he joined World Class Army Athlete Program lit up hope Olympic.
starting from London 2012 Women’s way opened in Olympic boxing.
United State He dominated the test in the previous two competitions with a hand Clarissa ShieldsAnd now it’s your turn Naomi.
After winning the gold medal in pan america games In 2019, the competition that pushed her to fight to get to the podium likeI feel the reward has come.
″ I feel like a normal person chasing my dreams. I just want to keep inspiring ″, I admit boxer 32 years.
“I always wanted to reach the top and be a world champion, but when I saw these Olympic GamesAnd I thought it was a nice feeling.”
North Carolina He will have a representative in Tokyo 2020 And she’s not just anyone, she’s a member of army Who has already made history with his participation. after the result.
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