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Aja Evans of Chicago wins bronze in women’s bobsledding

Bronze medal winners from United States Jamie Greubel AjEvans pose during flower ceremony during women's bobsled competiti2014 Winter Olympics Wednesday

Bronze medal winners from the United States Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans pose during the flower ceremony during the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) ORG XMIT: OLYBO259

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Updated: March 21, 2014 3:46PM

Aja Evans of Chicago teamed with Jamie Greubel to earn the bronze medal for the United States in
women’s bobsledding Wednesday. The U.S. team of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams took the silver, finishing behind gold medalists Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Canada.

Evans, a former track star, attended Morgan Park High School on the South Side and the University of
Illinois. In high school, she medaled at the state meet in the 100-meter dash, 800-
meter relay and shot put. In college, she was a three-time Big Ten champion in the shot put.

‘‘This was a great accomplishment for her,’’ Morgan Park track coach Derrick Calhoun said after learning about Evans’ bronze medal. ‘‘I am so proud of her.’’

Evans comes from a family that excels in sports. Her brother, Fred, is a defensive tackle for the Minnesota
Vikings; her father, also Fred, was the first black college champion in swimming; her uncle is retired major-league baseball player Gary Matthews; and one of her cousins is former major-leaguer Gary Matthews Jr. Both Matthewses spent part of their careers with the Cubs.

Williams, meanwhile,
became the first U.S. woman to win medals in the Summer and Winter Olympics. She won a gold medal as part of a sprint relay at the 2012 London Games and a silver medal in the 100 meters at the 2004 Athens Games.

Sun-Times staff, wires

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