By Mitch Gelman and Adam Levine, CNNSI.com
SYDNEY, Australia -- Rhonda Craig stood in the stands, throwing punches into the air and screaming at her brother, Dante, who was fighting a tough Egyptian in a first-round bout.
"The power! He's gonna feel the power! The power!"
The crowd came alive. So did Dante. In the third round, the referee stopped the fight, and 22-year-old Dante Craig's unlikely pursuit of Olympic glory continued.
"He's going to be the miracle man of these Games," Rhonda said after the fight. "He wasn't supposed to be here."
A former Gold Gloves champion, Dante Craig was working in a Cincinnati dry cleaners last year when an older brother had a dream. In the dream, Dante's deceased mother, Mary, instructs his brother to tell Dante to start boxing again. When he heard this command, Dante went to the gym.
Just before going to the U.S. Trials this year, where he was seeded eighth out of eight boxers in the 67kg weight class, Dante faced another crisis. His infant son died of a respiratory illness, Rhonda said.
Now, Dante Craig is motivated by the memory of his mother and son. He is trying to feel their power -- and inflict it on opponents.