Salt Lake 2002 hosted the first-ever women’s bobsleigh event, so already history was in the making at Utah Olympic Park. But the U.S. gold-medal team of Vonetta Flowers and Jill Bakken — in their candy-apple red sled flecked with white snowflakes — made it even more memorable. Flowers became the first African-American to win gold at an Olympic Winter Games, and also later discovered that she had been carrying twins at the time of her victory.
In the two-man competition, Germany’s Christoph Langen, 39, paired up with Markus Zimmeramm to end his career on a golden note, while 39-year-old American Brian Shimer was also able to retire satisfied, thanks to his third-place finish in the four-man with Mike Kohn, Doug Sharp and Dan Steele. “It’s a fairy-tale ending,” said Shimer. “As far as I’m concerned, that bronze is as shiny as gold.”
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