Claressa Shields embarks on Olympic journey

Claressa Shields will depart for London on July 14.

High school boxer and Flint native Claressa Shields said goodbye to friends and fans Wednesday night in an Olympic send-off.

There was a reception for the 17-year-old Flint Northwestern student as she says it's finally starting to sink in that she's competing in the first ever women's Olympic boxing competition.

A few weeks ago, Sheilds wasn't even sure she would go when she suffered her first loss to England's Savannah Marshall in the World Championships and was knocked out of the tournament.

Ironically, even though Marshall went on to win the championship, an Olympic committee chose Shields as the wild card for her weight class.

"I never rooted for her, I never did," said Shields. "I never said let's go Savannah, never. I got something called pride and I got a lot of it."

Shields will depart next Wednesday for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs before heading to London on July 14.

"This is my last week in Flint," said Shields. "I'll head to Colorado on June 27 and then London on July 14."

Last month, ESPN wrote an article about Shields and her Olympic chances.

The Olympic Games will be aired exclusively on the NBC family of networks in July.

The entire interview with Shields can be found above and on our youtube page. It's our featured web video of the day.