Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: T-Rex

T-Rex tells the story of then, 17-year old aspiring Gold Medalist Claressa Shields. Ms. Shields is the first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal, and is the  center of Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari’s impressive documentary,T-Rex. Circa, 2012 17-year-old Claressa Shields (a.k.a. T-Rex) of Flint, Michigan, competed in the Olympics and won a gold medal for the U.S. She was the first woman boxer to do so, and the only U.S. boxer—male or female—to win a gold medal that year.  Ms. Shields’ story is that of a young woman coming from a disadvantaged neighborhood, a troubled family life, and a lack of opportunity.

Claressa's story is one of Faith, Hope, Courage and Triumph even in the midst of adversity.  The timing of this Netflix release is perfect since Claressa recently competed and won Gold again in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, just a few weeks ago. T-Rex will also screen nationwide on PBS shortly.