Gary Russell Jr., Demetrius Andrade and the Progress of the 2008 Olympic Team

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Gary Russell Jr., Demetrius Andrade and the Progress of the 2008 Olympic Team
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As the 2012 Olympics in London approach and a new crop of American boxers get set to battle for gold, it is time to look back at the 2008 Olympic boxing team and evaluate their progress in the nearly four years since Beijing.

The 2008 U.S. Olympic boxing team was the least successful in the country’s history, and heavyweight Deontay Wilder was the only medalist, winning a bronze.

Still, this does not mean that the team was short on talent. After suffering early setbacks such as Gary Russell’s inability to make weight and Rau’shee Warren’s upset loss in the first round, the U.S. team seemed doomed from the start.

Two of the team members have remained amateurs and the rest have turned pro. While some of the 2008 Olympians seem poised for stardom, others are toiling in obscurity, and regardless of their future success, people will undoubtedly be interested in all of their career arcs.

With that said, let’s see how the 2008 Olympic boxing team has fared over the past four years.

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