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Nicola Adams

(1982-), Boxer; Olympian

Nicola Virginia Adams

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Leeds, Adams is a record-breaking British boxer. She won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the first ever Olympic gold medallist in women's boxing. In Rio in 2016 she became the first British boxer in 92 years to successfully defend the Olympic title, beating three-time world champion Ren Cancan. That same year she became World Amateur Champion, making her the first female boxer to have won every major title: Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Adams was awarded an MBE (2013) and an OBE (2017) for her services to boxing, but announced her retirement in 2019, following an injury to her eye. As one of the UK's highest profile black lesbians, she has topped The Independent's Pink List of influential LGBT people and in 2020 became the first contestant on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing to compete in a same-sex pairing, with the professional dancer Katya Jones.

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Nicola Adams, by Kate Peters - NPG P1831

Nicola Adams

by Kate Peters
chromogenic print, 2012
NPG P1831

'Work in Progress',  - NPG 7145

'Work in Progress'

acrylic on paper collaged on panels, 2021-2022
On display in Room 33 on Floor 0 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7145

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