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Thank You from Lauryn:

Lauryn Williams Olympic MedalistFrom the very beginning of this journey, I’ve said, “I can’t do it alone” and I sincerely mean that. I couldn’t. I didn’t. And I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. Yet, with your love and support, I did it and we did it. An African proverb reads, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and I’ve been blessed to be supported by several villages, Detroit, MI, Rochester/Beaver County, PA, Miami, FL; villiages that have raised me into the person I am today. To my friends, family and fans across the world, thank you! While I may have been the person on those podiums, you were right there with me in spirit; cheering me on, praying for me, uplifting me, and pushing me when I felt like I didn’t have any more to give..

There are a few people I especially want to thank starting with Dr. Lee Kaplan and the UHealth Sports Medicine team for their constant encouragement and support. This team has kept me healthy throughout my entire career, constantly got me back into tip top shape and believed in me when no one else did. Your support (and really warm hat) mean the world to me so thank you.

I also want to thank my friends and management team, Piper Malone and Clinton Mitchell at Diplomatic Enterprises, LLC, who made an incredibly difficult process, bearable.

Finally, I cannot close without thanking my mother, my step dad and my siblings for their never-ending words of encouragement, hilarious emails, love, and support. I honestly have the best family in the world.

I love every single last one of you and can’t wait to come home to see you! Your love and support will never be forgotten. Thank you!

-Lauryn Williams
4x Olympian, 3x Olympic Medalist, 5th person to ever medal in both Summer/Winter Olympic games

 

Track & Field

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 100m Personal Best – 10.88
  • 200m Personal Best – 22.27
  • 2007 World Championship 100m Silver Medalist
  • 2007 4 x 100m World Champion
  • 2006 World Indoor 60m Silver Medalist
  • 2005 4 x 100m World Champion
  • 2008 Olympian
  • 2012 4 x 100m Olympic Gold Medalist
  • 2005 World Champion 100m
  • 2004 Olympic 100m Silver Medalist
  • 2004 NCAA 100m Champion
  • 2003 Pan Am 100m and 4x100m relay Gold Medalist
  • 2002 World Junior Gold Medalist 100m, Silver in 4×100 relay
  • 2002 US Junior 100m Champ
  • 2004 3rd in 100m at the US Olympic trials
While Lauryn Williams is diminutive in stature, standing a mere 5’3-1/4″, the frequency of her churning legs is unmatched in her sport, which makes her hard to beat. That’s why she’s one of the fastest women in the world.

While Lauryn had a stellar college career at the University of Miami, it wasn’t until she became the 2004 NCAA Champion in the 100m with a time of 10.97 that she even thought about the Olympics. In 2004, Lauryn was not only the NCAA Champion, she also held the fastest legal-wind time by an American at 10.97, the second fastest time in the world that year. She was also named the 2004 Big East most outstanding track performer and honored as the 2004 Athlete of the Year by the Sports Council.

For Lauryn, 2004 was a major year. In addition to these accomplishments, Lauryn also competed in the Olympics. During her first season as a professional, Lauryn traveled to Athens for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games; at a time when track and field was desperately looking for a ‘darling’, she captured the Silver medal and hearts across the world.

Lauryn has proved herself on the world stage time after time, showing tremendous strength of character, which always put her in contention to win the major championships. Following her success in 2004-2005, she had a new challenge at the World Championships, in Helsinki. At Worlds, Lauryn showed what a tough competitor she truly is. Ignoring the cold and wet conditions, she took home a Gold medal, became World Champion and solidified her place at the top of her sport. In 2006, she secured Silver medals in both the World Indoor 60m and the U.S. Championships. However, hampered by injuries, her season was cut short and Lauryn had to overcome, perhaps, the biggest challenge yet: the road back!

In true Lauryn Williams style, she conquered her injuries and in 2007, at the World Championships in Osaka, she once again showed that she is one the best. Using great form and her will to succeed, Lauryn took the Silver medal in one of the closest finishes ever seen in the history of Track and Field.

While she has a reputation for being a fierce competitor, when meeting Lauryn off the track, this is certainly not how you would describe her. Her fresh-faced smile and personable nature are two of the things that have helped Lauryn become one of the most popular personalities in the sport today. Always taking time to talk to children and fans alike, Lauryn truly is a member of the new generation; a generation that seeks to reconnect the audience with the athletes.

After announcing her retirement from Track and Field in the summer of 2013, Lauryn still needed to satisfy her competitive spirit so she tried her hand at Bobsledding. In true Lauryn fashion, less than a week after touching a sled for the first time, she finished third at the U.S. National Push Championships in Calgary, Alberta. And so began her next Olympic journey!

Bobsled

USA OLYMPIC BOBSLED TEAM: SOCHI 2014

In July 2013, a nagging injury left me unable to finish, what was likely to be, my final track season. I returned to the states feeling dejected. But, a fortuitous conversation with Lolo Jones, a hurdler known for joining the bobsled ranks in the midst of her track career, changed my mood. After our conversation, my interest was piqued and with stage 1 of the trials looming, I decided to hop on a plane to Calgary and give bobsledding a try. With just one training session under my belt and a bum leg, I managed to finish 3rd in the Push Championships and my bobsled adventure began.

Just to give you a little background, women compete in a two person sleigh. There is a driver and brake woman. My job as a brake woman was to push the sled with such power and speed that the momentum created will give a great driver that extra “push” needed to guide our sleigh down the track with precision at speeds of over 90 miles per hour.

In December 2013, I embarked upon the World Cup Race Circuit and have been fortunate to win 2 silver and 1 gold medal in the four races that I’ve competed in, thanks in large part to my great drivers. On January 19, 2014 I was named to the USA Olympic Bobsled Team and I represented the United States with just six (6) total months of participation in the sport. I was excited to be paired with Elana Meyers in the BMW USA-1 sled and I am grateful and fortunate that we were able to slide our way to a Silver medal in Sochi, just 0.10 second from a Gold medal.

I cannot tell the future but I am extremely enthused about this journey and the opportunity to make the most of another chapter in the exciting story that is my life. The ladies I met while competing in bobsled, better known as “The Wolfpack”, are a part of my family now and I’m blessed to have met them and learned so much from them and this experience. Check out my blog as I will continue to keep you updated about the adventure from there.

Schedule

DateEventDriverResult
11/21-22America’s Cup Race Park City, UtahJazmine Fenlator8th/17
11/30World Cup Race #1 Calgary, CanadaDNPDNP
12/07World Cup Race #3 Park City, UtahJazmine Fenlator2nd
12/14World Cup Race #4 Lake Placid, New YorkElana Meyers2nd
01/05World Cup Race #5 Winterberg, GermanyJazmine Fenlator9th
01/10World Cup Team Competition #1 St. Moritz, SwitzerlandDriverDNP
01/11World Cup Race #6 St. Moritz, SwitzerlandDriverDNP
01/17World Cup Team Competition #2 Igls, AustriaJamie GruebelGold/1st place
01/192014 Olympic Team Selection AnnouncementDriverResult
01/19World Cup Race #7 Igls, AustriaJamie GreubelGold/1st place
01/24World Cup Competition #3 Konigssee, GermanyDriverResult
01/26World Cup Race #8 Konigssee, GermanyJamie Greubel10th
02/18Heat 1 – 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, RussiaElana Meyers5.13 push (push record); 57.26 Track time (track record)
02/18Heat 2 – 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, RussiaElana Meyers5.12 push (push record)
02/19Heat 3 – 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, RussiaElana Meyers5.12 push (ties push record)
02/19Heat 4 – 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, RussiaElana Meyers5.16 push

Professional

As 3x time Olympian, Lauryn knows the hard work and dedication required to take bobsled to the next level and bring home a medal; she has a work ethic matched by few. From an early age, her parents stressed the importance of education and the message stuck. While succeeding on the track, Lauryn also succeeded and excelled in the classroom. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Miami in 2004, and even gave the commencement address at her own graduation. She also obtained a Florida Real Estate Sale Associate license in 2006. Additionally, during the 2008 Olympic year, while training full time to make the Olympic team, she also managed to simultaneously work on a Master of Business Administration degree, which she received from the University of Phoenix, AZ in 2009.

Recently, Lauryn was struck with a passion for empowering athletes with financial literacy and stability so she completed the course work for Certified Financial Planning and will soon take the exam for CFP certification. After Lauryn has brought home a 2014 Winter Olympic medal, she intends to work with Olympians and other athletes to improve their financial literacy and stability in an effort to continue making a difference in the sporting world.

Lauryn’s wonderful story of hard work, dedication and perseverance will motivate and inspire people of all ages. If you would like Lauryn to speak at or attend an event at your school, business or organization, click here for more information.

Experience

  • FINANCIAL PLANNING: Internship, Briaud Financial Planning, College Station, TX 2013
  • MANAGEMENT: University of Miami Athletic Life Skills Coordinator, Miami, FL, 2010-2011
  • FUNDRAISING: Member, Hurricane Council, Miami, FL, 2009-2011
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS: Athlete, Fun4Kidz Inc. Miami, FL, 2007-2011
  • BUDGETING: Athlete Representative, Budget Committee, USA Track & Field, Indianapolis, IN, 2005-2008
  • STRATEGIC PLANNING: Internship, Citibank, Miami, FL, 2005

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Member Iron Arrow Honor Society, highest honor attainable at The University of Miami
  • Pennsylvania Sportswoman of the Decade 2009
  • Jefferson Award for Public Service Dream Team 2009
  • Miami Alumni Association William R. Butler Community Service Award 2008
  • Women in Sports Foundation honoree 2007
  • Visa Humanitarian 2006
  • Daper Dan Sports woman of the year 2005
  • Runner’s World-Hero of Running 2005
  • University of Miami Athletic Department Community Service Award 2002-2003
  • Full Scholarship recipient University of Miami 2001-2004

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Sponsors

Lauryn Williams is Proudly Sponsored by UHealth
Dr. Lee Kaplan & UHealth Sports Medicine-Official Sports Medicine Provider

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Donate Your Support

I am humbled to join a sport where many athletes live below the poverty line and are left to their own creativity to find funding. As I start to tally my expenses I am learning to use my imagination with different ways to keep costs down while competing full time. Without a corporate sponsor I must cover travel expenses (flights, rental car, hotel/housing, etc.), facility use fees, training camp, coaching fees, preventative medical care, proper equipment and apparel. I am asking you to be a part of the village that helps me reach for my Olympic Dream.Giving comes in many different forms, if you would like assist me in my desire to cover some of the expenses related to my bobsledding endeavors, here are the ways that you can provide assistance:

To ensure that you receive the tax deduction, please do not write my name anywhere on the check. However, we ask that you include a separate cover letter with your donation to indicate that your donated funds are for Lauryn Williams.

Thank you, in advance, for any contribution you may be able to provide. And of course, once my journey with bobsledding ends (hopefully after an Olympic gold medal), I will donate all equipment to USBF to aid the next female in need of assistance. You are a part of my team and my goal is to always make you proud of what I achieve. Thank you so very much for your support.

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