Nicola Adams MBE

Nicola Adams became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal when she triumphed in the Flyweight division at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Born and raised in Leeds, Nicola was first taken to a boxing gym at the age of 12 by her mother Denver and become obsessed with the noble art from that first session. She has had to battle to change opinions in the male-dominated sport, gradually earning the respect of her male peers even if there was little opportunity to earn a living through women’s boxing. She has also had to overcome a number of serious injuries.

Find out about the weekly training it takes to become an Olympic champion in Nicola's My Sporting Life »

She became European champion in Katowice, Poland in 2011 and in 2012 became a world championship silver medallist for the third time in her career in Qinhuangdoa, China, losing to her nemesis of so many tournaments, Ren Cancan. 

It was fitting that the Chinese girl should be her opponent in the Olympic final at London’s ExCeL. Nicola was utterly dominant from the first bell, knocking her opponent down in Round Two and even performing the “Ali Shuffle” in the final round as she celebrated a convincing 16-7 points victory and an Olympic gold medal at the age of 29.

A champion of women’s sport, Nicola joined Us Girls as its President in October 2012.

What Nicola says about Us Girls:

“Us Girls has shown with its dedication to community sport what can be achieved on behalf of the young women who live in deprived neighbourhoods across the UK. I am looking forward to meeting all the inspirational Us Girls project leaders and finding out about all the great work they doing across the country.”

Follow Nicola on Twitter @NicolaAdams2012

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