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Grand Rapids native Heidi Henriksen throws a jab. Henriksen, now 29, didn’t get into boxing until she was 22 years old, with her first fight coming at the age of 23. After winning a silver medal at the USA Boxing National Championships in January, Henriksen was invited to the USA Boxing National Team after the fighter who beat her, Dara Shen, dropped out. Henriksen is holding a fundraiser tonight in Grand Rapids. Photo courtesy of Adan Torres / .

Grand Rapids native puts up a fight to fund her Olympic dreams

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Grand Rapids native Heidi Henriksen, a member of USA Boxing’s elite women’s national team, has her heart set on competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after winning a light heavyweight silver medal in January at the USA National Championships in Spokane, Wash.


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Matt Wellens
College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune focusing on the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.
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