The first American woman in history to medal in both
the Summer and Winter games
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!
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Through the Years
Lauryn launches new financial planning business: Worth Winning.
Sochi Winter Olympics
Lauryn wins gold in the 2-Woman Bobsleigh.
London Summer Olympics
Lauryn wins gold in 4x100m relay.
Lauryn earns her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.