Aja Evans

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Aja Evans
Personal information
Born (1988-05-12) May 12, 1988 (age 30)
Chicago, Illinois
ResidenceHomewood, Illinois
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
College teamUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Aja L. Evans (born 12 May 1988) is an American Olympic medalists bobsledder (Two-woman) who competes as a brakeman. At her Chicago public high school she was an All-American track & field City Champion in sprints and shot put. As a college athlete she was an All-American and Big Ten Champion shot potter.


Aja Evans began track and field training at Morgan Park High School[1] on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois. She attended UNLV before transferring to the University of Illinois. Evans was a college record setting, five-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Champion shot potter at the University of Illinois.[2]

Evans began competing in the bobsled after graduation. She was a brakeman for drivers Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers, and Jazmine Fenlator in the 2012–2013 World Cup season, earning a bronze in Igls and a silver at the Sochi. In the 2013–2014 World Cup season, she earned silver at Calgary and gold at Park City.[3]

Evans was named to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team for the 2014 Winter Olympics on January 19, 2014.[4]

On February 19, 2014, Evans, along with Jamie Greubel, won the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.


Evans comes from a family of athletes. Her father, Fred, became the first black national collegiate champion in swimming when he competed for Chicago State. Her brother, also named Fred, is a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. Her uncle is retired Major League Baseball outfielder Gary Matthews and her cousin is baseball player Gary Matthews, Jr. [5]

“I’m a product of Chicago,” said Evans. “Showing people that this black girl from Chicago came to the Winter Olympic sport and really did some amazing things, and it was all because I had that will to win and it was my dream."[6]


  1. ^ Edwards, Lee (January 22, 2014). "Aja Evans Details Her Journey to the 2014 Winter Olympics". TheChicagoCitizen.com. The Chicago Citizen Newspaper. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Women's Track Olympians Recognized". fightingillini.com. University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ Aja Evans at the United States Olympic Committee
  4. ^ TeamUSA.org – 2014 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team Announced, January 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Hersh, Philip (November 23, 2013). "Chicagoan Evans pushes herself for Olympic bobsled spot". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Kim, Katie (12 January 2018). "For Chicago Olympian Aja Evans Family Comes First". nbcchicago.com. NBC Chicago. Retrieved 21 April 2018.

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