Vonetta Flowers Is A Cool Bobsledder

September 8, 2008

Meet Vonetta Flowers, an American bobsledder who is the first black person to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympics. See photos, video and a biography of Vonetta Flowers here.

Vonetta won the gold medal at the two-woman event during the 2002 Winter Olympics along with Jill Bakken.

As a biography, Vonetta Flowers was born on October 29, 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama so her age is 24. She turned to bobsledding at the age of 26, after quitting her track and field career when she didn’t make it to the Summer Olympics.

Flowers and her driver Jean Prahm finished sixth during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and they won a bronze during the 2004 FIBT World Championships in Königssee.
She gave birth to twins in 2003 and took some time off.

The lady has also written a book called Running on Ice: The Overcoming Faith of Vonetta Flowers. She has also been chosen as one of the Essence magazine’s 50 Most Inspiring African-Americans. You can check out her website here.

More photos and a video of Vonetta Flowers are below.

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