Toboggan Run: UCSB Track Star Becomes U.S. Bobsled Brakeman

Push came to shove very early in Maureen Ajoku’s life. In 2007, the year she graduated from high school in San Jose and began her college education at UCSB, she lost both her parents — her father, Julius Chiedozie Ajoku, died suddenly of kidney failure in May; her mother, Nnenna Chinere Ajoku, succumbed to a lengthy bout with cancer in December. … Ajoku’s experience in the World Cup consisted of practice runs at every site, including the state-of-the-art facility at Sochi, Russia, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. With all that behind her, she returned to Santa Barbara in the spring to work out on the track at Westmont College and do strength training at Prevail Conditioning on Haley Street. more

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