Twenty-two year old, 5′ 3′ boxer, Marlen Esparza will be making history competing in women’s boxing for the first time as an Olympic event. Boxing since the age of 11, Marlen is already a winner. She holds the bronze medal from the 2006 Women’s World Boxing Championships, and is a six-time consecutive National flyweight champion. Ranked sixth in the world, Marlen is a serious medal contender in London and will be fighting her way to gold, turning her dreams into reality along the way.

Profiled by Soledad O’Brien for CNN’s Latino in America series, Marlen’s story of discipline and success as both an athlete and a woman is inspiring. Check it out!

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