Bonnie St John – 2019 U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame: Competitive Category
Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, Bonnie was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups.
In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, Bonnie is the bestselling author of seven books and a highly acclaimed keynote speaker and leadership consultant as CEO of the Blue Circle Leadership Institute. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, and received a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. In fact, NBC Nightly News has called Bonnie, “One of the five most inspiring women in America.”