One of the more intriguing American storylines to follow throughout the 2012 Summer Olympics centers around the United States boxing team’s quest for redemption. Despite consistently fielding a strong squad on paper, the team owns just one gold medal since the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Ga.
Light heavyweight Andre Ward, who defeated Belarus’ Magomed Aripgadjiev in the 2004 Games, is the lone American to secure the top spot on the podium during the last three Olympic runs. Over that span, Americans have claimed four bronze medals.
Comparably, between 1984 and 1996, the United States collected 14 gold medals. The Americans' supremacy in the international boxing ring was unquestioned, highlighted by a dominant 11-medal performance at the ’84 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Simply put, it’s been far too scarce that an Olympic gold medal boxing match ended with the “Star-Spangled Banner” blaring throughout the arena. This summer, a group of nine fighters hope to reclaim America's prominence in the global boxing scene by working through opponents and carving their name in Olympic lore.
Each has taken their own journey to London. All have the same ambition.
It’s time to bring boxing glory back to the red, white and blue.
Watch the slideshow to learn more about each of the uniquely amazing fighters who will represent America this summer.