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Opinion: Best Winter Olympic athlete from every state

Yardbarker Logo By Seth Trachtman of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 50: <p>Flowers became the first Winter Olympic medal winner from Alabama and the first black athlete to win when she claimed gold in the two-man bobsled at the 2002 Salt Late City Games. She returned to the Olympics in 2006, finishing in sixth place. A native of Birmingham, she was a sprinter and long jumper at UAB.</p>

Alabama: Vonetta Flowers

Flowers became the first Winter Olympic medal winner from Alabama and the first black athlete to win when she claimed gold in the two-man bobsled at the 2002 Salt Late City Games. She returned to the Olympics in 2006, finishing in sixth place. A native of Birmingham, she was a sprinter and long jumper at UAB.

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