Vonetta Flowers

Athlete

Ten years ago, Vonetta Flowers made history as the first person of African descent to win a Gold Medal in the Winter Olympics. As a star sprinter and long jumper at the University of Alabama, she'd always had dreams of competing in the U.S. Summer Olympics. But after several disappointing tryouts, the star athlete turned to bobsledding, where her dreams materialized on ice. Her team's victory also marked the first bobsledding medal in 46 years for the United States. Flowers's accomplishment garnered international accolades including features in Essence, Ebony and People magazines, as well as induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The history-making athlete competed in her last competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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