Bobsledding star Aja Evans stole people’s hearts (and minds) in 2014 when she posed for ESPN’s The Body Issue, completely naked with her bobsled. This shoot happened about five months after she took home the bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
“People admire our bodies, but I don’t think they understand the physique and the art behind everything we do on the field and on the track,” Evans said. She also went on to say how comfortable of an experience it was, being only one of 22 athletes selected.
“As weird as it sounds, I didn’t even feel like I was naked there,” Evans said. “It was a very liberating feeling; it made me feel better about myself. Everybody deals with their own little self-conscious issues, worried about this little thing or that little thing, or how you look in this picture. So to just embrace me, and to share with the world, ‘Hey this is me. Take it or leave it.’ That was really, really big for me.”
Fast-forward to today, Evans is back behind the bobsled, only this time fully clothed and ready for action.
She’ll be competing in the 2016 USA Bobsled National Push Championships this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Calgary, Alberta’s indoor Ice House for spots on the 2016-17 U.S. national team. “I’m coming into it very determined, very willing to help all my teammates, because I know what that feeling’s like,” said Evans, who had only two years under her belt when she competed in Sochi. “I know (the rookies) only really learn through our help and through experience.”
Aja’s been a busy bee since 2014 and she’s now ready to turn her focus back on the sport she loves most. Expect to see her on the winning podium come the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.