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You Hit Like a Girl: Meet the Youngest U.S. Olympic Boxer in Forty Years

Meet Flint, Michigan's Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, a strong medal favorite and superstar in the making.

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A few months ago she had a water balloon fight on her 17 birthday, soon she'll be the youngest female boxer fighting for a gold in the London Olympics—the first time in the history of the games that women will compete in boxing. Meet Flint, Michigan's Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, a strong medal favorite and "superstar in the making."

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The short film "Cannonball" artfully follows a group of skaters in search of newly empty pools behind foreclosed homes in and around the arid sprawl of Fresno other inland California suburbs that have been blighted by the housing collapse and ensuing recession. It has some NSFW language, but it's undeniably powerful—and a poignant meditation on greed, materialism, and an enduring kind of joy.

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It was directed, produced, and shot by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari as part of their awesome California Is a Place series.

Thanks, Zach!
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