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At London, 2012, Nicola Adams made history. The flyweight boxer—nicknamed the smiling assassin—became the first ever UK woman to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing. In Rio 2016, with the nation cheering her on, she did it again. Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports center in Leeds while her mom was at aerobics. At 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold: nobody would stop her. Years of relentless training, fundraising, and determination have seen Nicola battle injury, prejudice, and defeat to become one of Britain best-loved athletes and an inspiration to all those chasing a seemingly impossible dream.


Nicola Adams is the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth Games, and European Games boxing champion at flyweight. She became the first woman in the UK to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing during London 2012 and won her second Gold in Rio 2016. She topped the list of the Independent's 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain for 2012 and was voted Glamour's Sportswoman of the Year in 2013.