People Staff
May 13, 2002 12:00 PM

She won Olympic gold in the women’s inaugural bobsled event in February, but she didn’t get everything she wanted in Salt Lake City. Like the complimentary facial offered to the athletes. “They were always booked up,” says Vonetta Flowers, 28. Not that she needed the treatment—which would have been her first. “I have been blessed with great skin,” she says, giving the credit to seven hours of sleep a night and Clean & Clear wash. “Most people compliment her on her skin, her smile, her dimples,” says husband Johnny Flowers, 28, a Blue Cross administrator who is also his wife’s trainer. The world got a flash of that winning smile as the 5’6½” former track star became the first African-American to earn a medal in a Winter Olympics (with teammate Jill Bakken). Now, as an assistant track coach at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Flowers puts in long hours at the gym. And though she loves swapping workout wear for “a pretty dress,” Johnny says she doesn’t have to: “Vonetta looks great in khakis and a T-shirt.”

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