Lauryn Williams, Former UM Track Star, Becomes Fifth Person to Medal in Summer and Winter Olympics
The media may have been obsessed with former track star turned bobsledder Lolo Jones, but it was actually another former track star turned bobsledder who really made America proud in Sochi.
Lauryn Williams, a former University of Miami track star, became only the fifth person ever to win medals in both the winter and summer Olympics today. She won silver in the two-woman bobsled along with teammate Elana Meyers.
Williams, a Pennsylvania native of Trinidadian descent, graduated from Miami in 2004, during which times she competed on the track team and became a member of the school's Iron Arrow Honor Society.
This is William's fourth Olympics overall, but her first during the winter. She also holds a silver in the 100 meters from the 2004 Athens games and a gold medal 4x100m relay from the 2012 games in London.
Williams has actually only been training for the bobsled event for six months, though crossover athletes are not completely uncommon in the sport.
Williams is now just one of five people to win medals in both summer and winter sports, and the first American woman to do so.
Eddie Eagan was the only other American to ever achieve the feat. He won a gold medal in boxing in the 1920 games, and won another gold medal in 1932 as part of a four person bobsled team.
Williams is also now the first black athlete to win medals in both sets of games.