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Mary Kom

Mary Kom India Boxer
Photo courtesy of Mary Kom Official Facebook

Mary Kom

Mary Kom India Boxer
Photo courtesy of Mary Kom Official Facebook

Family support wasn't always something Olympic medalist Mary Kom had. When she won the Manipur state boxing championship in 2000, the story was featured in a local newspaper. Her father got word and actually scolded her, despite the accomplishment.

Imagine though, that would be the same athlete who would be honored by the Manipur Government.

Mary Kom

Mary Kom Boxing India
Photo courtesy of Mary Kom Official Facebook

Mary Kom

Mary Kom Boxing India
Photo courtesy of Mary Kom Official Facebook

In 2011, it was discovered that one of Mary's sons had a hole in his heart and would need need to undergo immediate surgery. At the time, she was playing at the Asian Championships in China.

She stayed in the tournament at the insistence of her husband, winning gold and traveling home in time for the surgery.

Mary Kom

Mary Kom Boxing India London Olympics
Photo courtesy of MC Mary Kom Facebook

Mary Kom

Mary Kom Boxing India London Olympics
Photo courtesy of MC Mary Kom Facebook

Do you know where she won her first ever boxing tournament? It was the 46kg weight category in Pennsylvania, USA, where she earned her first silver medal.

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