Blacks on Ice: African-American Olympians in the Winter Games
Vonetta Flowers put away her track cleats in 2002 to try out a new sport: bobsledding. Inspired by her husband Johnny Vonetta, she crossed over to the Winter Olympics and within 18 months of training for bobsledding she became the No. 1 brake woman in the U.S. She made history when she became the first African-American to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2002.
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