After losing her first bout Monday, but coming back to win her second one yesterday, Ms Miller has to win tonight if she wants to stay alive in the Olympic Trials being held in Spokane, WA.
Feeling “like a champion” and with her lucky socks in tow, Olympic-hopeful Raquel Miller said she’s ready for this week’s trials competition leading to the landmark 2012 Summer Games in London.
Raquel Miller: Fighting her way to the Olympics
This is the first time in the Olympics that women will compete in boxing, and Miller, a San Francisco native who still lives, works and trains in the city, is one of eight middleweight contenders from across the country who have been invited to the U.S Olympic Team Trials for the sport.
The double-elimination tournament in Airway Heights, Wash., just outside Spokane, starts today and runs through next weekend.
Miller, who grew up as a street fighter in the Bayview, followed a rocky road to get where she is today — one of the best female boxers in the United States. And to think she didn’t start training seriously until the spring of 2010 when she signed up for a boxing class at the city-run Mission Recreation Center.
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