Bi Gold Medal Boxer Talks About Her New Memoir

| August 30, 2017

Britain’s Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing, discusses the art of her sport and her life as an out bisexual in a new memoir. Read an exclusive excerpt at the Advocate.

Nicola Adams: “Even though I’m 100 percent focused on the match when I’m boxing, it’s hard not to notice the crowd around you. When I’m competing in things like the Olympics, the noise can be deafening; sometimes, it’s so intense it becomes like white noise. It makes a huge difference if you know that the people in the crowd are supporting you. Sometimes you’ll be boxing in a country where there will hardly be any British fans watching, and the atmosphere won’t be the same for you. But I use it to power myself on — if everyone is shouting for my opponent, I’ll think, Right, I’m going to silence you all. If you’re not cheering for me, you’re not cheering for anyone.”


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