Gaucho Medal

Former UCSB track and field standout Valerie Fleming – along with teammate Shauna Rohbock – took home an Olympic silver medal this week in Italy for her pushing prowess in the women’s two-person bobsledding event. Twenty-nine-year-old Fleming was a sprinter and javelin tosser during her days at UCSB, but started racing bobsleds in 2003. Her podium appearance Tuesday night came as a complete surprise to viewers as the other, heavily favored American sled team – comprised of Vonetta Flowers and Jean Prahm – did not even medal.

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