Sparta Boxing gym fighter Danika Lara, 15, won the bronze medal at the National Junior Olympics in Mobile, Ala., this past week.
She had her sights set on the gold but settled for bronze.
“It was pretty cool I guess, but I wanted the gold so I was kind of disappointed,” Lara said.
The sophomore-to-be at Central Union High will continue to work for the BCR World Championship Tournament at the Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort in Indio next weekend.
“It wasn’t that disappointing but I really worked hard for the gold,” she said.
Lara is a four-time consecutive Ringside World Champion. She is also a Silver Gloves champion for the Junior National Olympics with a rank of No. 2 in the nation by USA Boxing LBC 44
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What do you enjoy most about your sport?
I enjoy the one-on-one competition most. Traveling with my team for tournaments is always fun.
What is one of your more memorable moments in your sport?
Winning my first world title at the Ringside World Championships in 2009.
Tell us about someone who inspires you and why.
The members of my team inspire me the most because they’re always there for support and we are always pushing each other to do better.