Vonetta
Flowers

Sport: Bobsledding
Age: 32
Residence: Helena, Ala.
Height: 5-6
Career Hightlights:

2006 Torino Olympics Gold medalist at 2002 Salt Lake Olympics
Seven-time track All-American at Alabama-Birmingham 

There's something sexy about being an anomaly, especially if the odds against you are great. Flowers was the first black athlete to win a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The former track star (sprints, hurdles, long jump) turned to bobsledding at the age of 26. In a few short months before the Games, she was dumped by her former partner and hooked up with a new driver, Jill Bakken. The pair pulled off a stunning upset to win gold at the Salt Lake Olympics. In Torino, she placed sixth in the women's bobsled event with teammate Jean Prahm.

Flowers has a lot of faith and we admire her stamina. After making her mark in history, she wrote her first book, "Running on Ice: The Overcoming Faith of Vonetta Flowers," and gave birth to twin boys, Jaden and Jorden.

Flowers also was selected as one of Essence magazine's 50 Most Inspiring African-Americans. But don't let her warm smile fool you. She can outrun you on the track and on the ice.

Source: sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/features/hottestWomen?num=4

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