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Marlen Esparza: First U.S. Female Olympic Boxer!

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Women's boxing will be brought to the Summer Olympics for the first time in London this summer.

The U.S. is going to have one representative: 22-year-old Marlen Esparza.

Esparza, from Houston, recently defeated Luu Thi Duyen of Vietnam to earn her ticket to the Summer Games.

Two other female U.S. boxers, Quanitta Underwood, 28, and Claressa Shields, 17, were eliminated for the qualifying tournament, the Women's World Boxing Championships, which were in China.

Though they may still make it into the Olympics if an international commission decides so.

Olympic women's boxing will feature three weight divisions: featherweight (112 pounds), lightweight (132 pounds) and middleweight (165 pounds).

We really hope she wins the gold!

You go, gurl! Punch those faces!

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

[Image via AP Images.]

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CoverGirl Goes For The Gold With Two New Olympic Faces!

Filed under: ZportzBeauty BuzzAd Campaigns

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CoverGirl just got a little bit sportier!

The cosmetics company is celebrating the 2012 London Olympics by tapping boxer Marlen Esparza and beach volleyball player Jennifer Kessy to promote two new limited edition products: LashBlast Volume Mascara and Outlast All-Day Lipcolor.

Kessy is BEYOND excited and says that being picked to represent the brand is a dream come true:

"[When asked to be a CoverGirl, I] thought I was being punked. I remembered all the times I stared at the ads in the magazines, and remembered that CoverGirl always writes the names of the models in their ads. I couldn’t believe my name was going to be next to my picture in a magazine. Best feeling ever!”

Wow, talented and humble!

Esparza added:

“I feel that I embody the image of CoverGirl and that anyone can be beautiful, and is deserving of beauty no matter what your personal situation is"

Congrats ladies!!! We can't wait to see your full campaign when it rolls out this May!

[Images courtesy of CoverGirl.]

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