Black History is American history and by failing to remember the good and the bad…future generations lose momentum…
Vonetta Flowers had aspirations of winning gold medals for the U.S. Olympic track team, but after a few unsuccessful attempts, Flowers decided to modify her dream and turned to bobsledding. As a bobsledder, Flowers had immediate success and at the 2002 Winter Olympic games, Flowers made history becoming the first Black person to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. Flowers, a mother of twins, continued competing and retired in 2006. From the track to the snow, Flowers reminds us to recognize the difference in goals and methods. Flowers’ goal was to win medals. Her original method of track and field did not work so she chose a different method, bobsledding. If you haven’t accomplished your goal, be encouraged. You may just need to tweak your method!