As a 17-year-old at the 2004 Olympics, southpaw Rau'Shee Warren was not only the youngest member of the 2004 U.S. boxing team, he was the youngest male on any American team at those Games.
Second Shot at Gold:
In 2004, Warren lost in the first round to eventual bronze medalist Zou Shiming of China. Most boxers would have returned from Athens and immediately embarked on a professional career. Rau'Shee Warren isn't like most boxers. He committed to another four years as an amateur in order to have a second shot at Olympic glory. Warren becomes the first American boxer to compete in back-to-back Olympics since Davey Lee Armstrong in 1972 and 1976.
One Tough Nuke:
Warren's mother Paulette gave him the nickname "Nuke", as in nuclear bomb, when he was a child and it stuck. How tough is little "Nuke"? At the 2007 World Championships in Chicago, he won his weight class despite having a tooth knocked out by a head butt.
Warren got his start in boxing at the tender age of six when he would tag along with his three older brothers when they went to the gym -- the same Cincinnati gym where boxing Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor once trained. He had his first bout at eight and he's been fighting - and winning - ever since.
By the Numbers:
- Nickname: Nuke, Baby Pit
- Weight Class: Men's Flyweight (52 kg)
- Birthdate: Feb. 13, 1987
- Age: 25
- Height: 5-4
- Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Coach: Mike Stafford
- Club: Millvale Gym, Cincinnati, OH, USA
- Began Boxing: 1995
- Other: Rau'shee is the only U.S. boxer in history to have competed in three Olympic Games. At age 17, he was the youngest member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing team.