Lauryn Williams Medals in Sochi, Makes History

Track star-turned-bobsledder Lauryn Williams, clinched the silver medal Wednesday, making her the fifth person ever to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

According to Yahoo Sports, Williams missed the gold by .1 second to Russia but won the silver alongside partner Elana Myers after leading three out of the first four heats. Fellow Americans Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel also placed, earning the bronze medal and making this the first time the U.S. has won two medals in the bobsled vent.

“Lauryn is one of the most incredible athletes ever,” Greubel told Yahoo Sports, “and we’re so lucky she decided to stick it out and give bobsled a try.”

The Detroit native won the gold medal as a part of the U.S. relay team at 2012’s London Games. Her accomplishment comes after another sprinter-turned-bobsledder, Vonetta Flowers, became the first black Olympian to win a gold medal in 2002 Winter Games.

It’s always amazing when members of our community continue to go above beyond. Lauryn Williams, you deserve a round of applause for being a Sochi standout.