Today, Marlen Esparza made history as the first U.S. woman to win Olympic boxing match. She takes to the ring again on Wednesday, but for now? We’re celebrating here in the Houston area! She’s a local Olympian, going to High School only 15 minutes away from our home, and has quickly become an athlete my 8-yr-old daughter looks up to.
In fact, my daughter had the chance to interview Marlen before she left for London and became extra giddy that Marlen, not only answered her questions, but also sent over a few Coca-Cola goodies signed just for her!
Marlen: Yes, I live in Pasadena!
Abby: My Mom works at Channel 2 and she told me all about you being on the news. She even let me stay up late to watch the special feature about you. I’m totally cheering for you to win gold in London. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions about yourself for my Mom’s blog, but mostly because I think you totally rock as a girl boxer.
Marlen: Thank you for your support, it means so much!
Abby: How does it feel to be a female boxer?
Marlen: For a long time we have been fighting for acceptance as girls in boxing because it has always been seen as a man’s sport not meant for girl. I know now that my purpose in boxing is not just for myself, but for other girls too who told they couldn’t box because it is not for us.
Abby: How long have you been boxing?
Marlen: For about 10 or 11 years now since I was 11 or 12-years-old.
Abby: What inspired you to be a boxer?
Marlen: I used to watch it on tv with my dad growing-up and then drive my brothers to boxing, but they didn’t like it and I did. I fell in love with boxing from the first time I tried it.
Abby: What kind of advice would you give to a young girl who wanted to box?
Marlen: That if you love boxing, and you want to do it you should. It is not just a male sport anymore, it is for everyone.
Abby: How does it feel to be in the Olympics?
Marlen: It means everything, literally EVERYTHING to me. It means the difference between accomplishing everything I set out to do in boxing, it is all or nothing. I want it so bad, more than I want to eat or sleep…it is my life and I also want it for my family, friends, trainer, country and God and for everything that ever meant anything to me. The Olympics will complete me as a person and I will be able to live the rest of my life happy and content.
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Coca-Cola 8-Pack Giveaway!!!
Today was Marlen’s first Olympic match and she takes to the ring again on Wednesday. To celebrate this historic accomplishment, we’ve got a Coca-Cola prize pack for one lucky reader that includes:
- Coke/Olympics pin
- Coke/Olympics ball cap
- Coke/Olympics Cooler bag
- Coke/Olympics T-shirt
- Men’s NBC/Olympics t-shirt
- NBC/Olympics pen
- NBC/Olympics journal
- Women’s Nike polo shirt
How to Enter:
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