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In 2002 Vonetta Flowersbecame the first Black person to EVER to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics!
According to Watch The Yard, Flowers was a star sprinter and long jumper at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who originally aspired to make the U.S. Summer Olympic Team. After trying multiple times, Flowers turned to bobsledding, where she was successful as a brakewoman and qualified for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
She became the first Black person to win a gold medal at the Olympics when she won the gold medal in the two-woman event along with driver Jill Bakken.
Flowers was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.