At London 2012, Nicola Adams made history. The flyweight boxer - nicknamed the smiling assassin - becamethe first ever woman to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing. In Rio 2016, with the nation cheering her on, she did it all over again. Growing up in Leeds, Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports centre while her mum was at aerobics. Age 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold: nobody was going to stop her. Years of relentless training, fundraising and determination have seen Nicola battle through injury, prejudice and defeat to become one of Britain best-loved athletes and an inspiration to all those who are chasing after a seemingly impossible dream.
Nicola Adams is the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth Games and European Games boxing champion at flyweight. She became the first woman in the UK to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing during London 2012 and won her second Olympic Gold in Rio 2016. She topped the list of the Independent's 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain for 2012 and was voted Glamour's Sportswoman of the Year in 2013. She has also appeared as an extra "Coronation Street" and "Emmerdale", and had a cameo appearance in the BBC drama series "Waterloo Road", where she played herself.