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Illini Katrina Gerhard: Finding freedom in the chair

Katrina Gerhard during practice at the Track and Soccer stadium on Monday, September 7.

By Joey Figueroa

September 21, 2015

Katrina Gerhard likes to go fast. She likes the rush of speeding down an open road with scenery blurring past her. She likes zeroing in on the competition, with nothing else in the world to worry about. Just her, the path and her wheelchair. She likes to take the positives out of every situati...

Former Illini Aja Evans wins bronze in women’s bobsled

USA-2 bobsled driver Jamie Greubel, left, and Aja Evans place third in the women's bobsled finals during the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

By Stacy St. Clair

February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The first time Aja Evans took a run down the bobsled track — a sensation she likens to being stuffed into a garbage can and pushed off a cliff — she wasn't sure she wanted to do it again. Her mother insisted: Do not give up. "She told me to fight through it," said Evans, a Chicago native ...