After 20 offers from Stay In The Fight Shirt . various schools Charles-Collins chose to settle down at the University of Miami to complete her degree. “During this time I was able to become an NCAA champion in my last year and a 12 time All-American. This was when I decided I wanted to compete professionally,” she says. After numerous early mornings and long days of training, Charles-Collins ventured into her next huge milestone: the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. “I always say if there’s one point in my life that I would go back to and redo, it would be the Olympics. I think I took it for granted then, but it was amazing just walking into the bird’s nest with people chanting your name, and seeing yourself on the big screen.”
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