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Vonetta Flowers

Full name: Vonetta Lashaw Flowers (Jeffery-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (167 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: October 29, 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Affiliations: UAB Blazers, Birmingham (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Vonetta Flowers was a sprinter and long jumper at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She later turned to bobsledding, and at the 2002 Winter Olympics, she was the brakeman for Jill Bakken, as they won the gold medal in the first women’s Olympic bobsled event. In the process, she became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. In 2003, she returned to competition with new driver Jean Racine-Prahm. Flowers and Racine-Prahm competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, finishing sixth, and together they also won a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships. After the 2002 Winter Olympics, Flowers gave birth to twins. One was born deaf and prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics, she took him to Italy to have complex surgery there that was not yet done in the United States. Vonetta Flowers retired from competition after the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Women's Two United States-2 USA 1 Gold
2006 Winter 32 Torino Bobsleigh Women's Two United States-2 USA 6

Women's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jill Bakken Final Standings
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jill Bakken Run 1
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jill Bakken Run 2
2006 Winter 32 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jean Racine-Prahm Final Standings
2006 Winter 32 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jean Racine-Prahm Run 1
2006 Winter 32 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jean Racine-Prahm Run 2
2006 Winter 32 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jean Racine-Prahm Run 3
2006 Winter 32 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Jean Racine-Prahm Run 4