Vonetta Flowers: Breaking the Ice
As an aspiring track star from Alabama, Vonetta Flowers fell short of her goal of competing in the Summer Olympics. So she turned to bobsledding instead.
It didn’t take long for Flowers to find success on the ice as a brakewoman. She qualified for the 2002 Games with driver Jill Bakken and made history by becoming the first black athlete to win Winter Olympic gold.
But throughout the historic experience, she relied heavily on her relationship with God to help her not only perform to her best ability, but to handle the attention that followed.
“I was living on faith not fear during the Olympics,” Flowers says. “I was able to relax, have a good time and focus on what I had to do.”