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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Fred Evans' sister ready for Olympics

By Ben Goessling

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Team USA gets ready to take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, you'll be hearing plenty this week about Minnesota's typically impressive contingent of winter athletes. But there's one connection with a tie to the Minnesota Vikings that you might not expect.

Aja Evans, the younger sister of Vikings defensive tackle Fred Evans, will compete in the women's bobsled as a brakeman, after seeing that her background as a sprinter would set her up well for an Olympic bid in the sport. She scored a 794 out of a possible 800 in the national team's bobsled combine test (bet you didn't think you'd be reading about the bobsled combine before the NFL scouting combine on this blog, huh?), and won the 2012 U.S. National Push Championship title. She will be on one of three two-person sleds in the women's competition in Sochi.

There's an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune about the 25-year-old Evans' switch from track and field to bobsledding. Her older brother, of course, will be a free agent this spring after starting three games and posting 16 tackles in his seventh season with the Vikings.