100 Team GB contenders for London 2012: Nicola Adams

Boxing (flyweight)

Born : 26/10/82

Career highlights

The flyweight became the first British woman to win a major boxing title with victory at the 2011 European Championships.

She won her third successive World Championship silver medal this May, losing to China's Ren Cancan in the final for the second time.

I've had a tough time getting this far because of my injuries, but working full-time in Sheffield as part of such a strong women's team is really paying off for all of us and I'm sure you'll see the benefits in London

Nicola Adams

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She has been an extra in Coronation Street and Emmerdale and says of the experience: "My goal there is to get a line or two; maybe there will be the need for a fitness instructor or boxer?"

One of her big loves is snowboarding but she has had to put it on hold until after the Olympics.

Other career

Leeds-born Adams suffered a career-threatening back injury in 2009, which sidelined her for a year.

She was first taken to boxing classes by her mother at the age of 13 and now boxes out of the Haringey Police Community Club.