Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 11:31 am
Olympic history in the making is going on this week in Washington state. Two-dozen of the best female boxers in the country are in wintry Spokane with a goal of traveling to London in the summer.
That's the site of the first ever women's Olympic boxing competition. This week's Olympic trials help determine who goes.
It's been 108 years since women boxed in the Olympics. At the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, boxing for women was a "display event," not one of the counting, medal sports.
Now, it counts.
Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:04 am
Part of a series with WNYC on female boxers
This summer in London, female boxers will compete in the Olympics for the first time. The women competing for a spot on the U.S. team will make history, but few know who they are — and why they box.
Women who box love it for the same reasons men do. Boxing requires intense physical and psychological discipline, the ability to overcome fear and anger.