3x Olympic Medalist Lauryn Williams Goes Home to Detroit!

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THREE-TIME OLYMPIC MEDALIST LAURYN WILLIAMS GOES HOME TO DETROIT

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Rockville, MD, March 17, 2014 – Four-time U.S. Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams, and Detroit native, is going home to Detroit, March 19th.

On Wednesday, March 19th, at 3:00 p.m., Lauryn Williams will hold a press conference in the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI to announce her plans to give back to the city that helped shape her into a champion by participating in the city’s revitalization. A public reception will be held from 4:30-6:00 in Williams’ honor with free pizza and pop in the auditorium of the Northwest Activities Center. This event is hosted by state Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit).

On Thursday, March 20th, Williams, who started out running track in the Cheetahs Track Club in Detroit, will be honored by the Michigan State Senate in Lansing before the opening of the legislative session.

In 2004, Williams won a silver medal in the Olympics in Athens, and in 2012 she was a member of the 4x100m relay team that won gold in London. A nagging hamstring injury forced Williams to retire from her first love, track and field, in July of 2013. Yet, a chance airport encounter with fellow track and field star Lolo Jones led her to try her hand at bobsled. Williams said that the appeal was the challenge to try something new, and the opportunity to show what very few people know—that bobsledding is pretty cool. Williams accepted and met the challenge.

After just a week into the sport, she placed third in the U.S. Push Championships and was later named to the U.S. Women’s National Bobsled team. While competing on the international circuit, Williams won two silver medals and one gold medal in just five World Cup events. This unprecedented success in her rookie season lead to her being selected to represent Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics as a brakeman/pushman.

In Williams’ first heat in the Winter Olympics, she set the push start record with a time of 5.13 seconds; this propelled her and teammate Elana Meyers to set the overall track record. In Williams’ second heat, she beat her original record to set a new record with a blistering time of 5.12 seconds. She and her driver won silver, just 0.10 second from gold. Lauryn Williams is one of only five individuals to have won a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, is the first American woman to do so and the first African-American to achieve this.
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