Former Illini Aja Evans will compete at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
Jan. 20, 2014
IGLS, Austria -- Former Illinois women's track and field thrower and sprinter Aja Evans was officially selected to the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team that will compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced on Sunday. Heats one and two of the women's bobsled will take place on February 18, with heats three and four taking place the next day.
Evans, a five-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion at Illinois, decided to make the transition to bobsledding in March of 2012. A few months later, she scored 794 out of a possible 800 points on the combine test and won the 2012 U.S. National Push Championship title. At the national team trials for the 2012-13 season, Evans and driver Jamie Greubel set a start record at the Olympic bobsled track in Lake Placid, N.Y. By the end of the season, she was named USA Bobsled's Rookie of the Year.
Evans continued her success in 2013, winning a silver medal at the 2013 World Cup and setting a new start record at the 2014 Olympic venue in Sochi. She became the first athlete ever to record a perfect score on the combine test (800 of 800), and won her second straight National Push Championship title. She ended the season by winning the gold medal in a World Cup bobsled race in Park City, Utah.
Other push athletes joining Evans in Sochi will be Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones, along with drivers Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator.
Evan's Tweet after making the team was to the point:
Official.-- Aja Evans (@AjaLEvans) January 19, 2014