2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Aja Evans?

Feb 08, 2018
  • By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Bobsledder Aja Evans has competed in the 2018 and 2014 games. She won a bronze medal in Sochi, her first Olympics.

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Evans was born in Chicago to a family of athletes. Her father, Fred Evans, won a national collegiate title in swimming in 1975, making him the first African American swimmer to do so. Her brother, Fred played eight seasons in the NFL and her uncle, Gary Matthews, and cousin, Gary Matthews Jr., played in MLB.

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Evans began as a track and field athlete and attempted to make the 2008 Olympic team. 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Bobsledder Aja Evans poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

In 2016, she tried again to make the team for the Rio Games, but tore nearly 90 percent of her ACL. When she didn’t make the team, she turned her attention to bobsledding, where she’s found success.

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