2014 : Lauryn Williams of Detroit Wins Silver Medal; First Woman to Win Medals in Both Summer and Winter Olympic Games

February 18, 2023 all-day

Lauryn Williams at the World Athletics Championships 2007 in Osaka, courtesy of the Wikipedia Commons

Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams — who spent a good part of her childhood in Detroit — win a silver medal in the two-person bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics. After 4 heats they lost the gold by .10 seconds.

The finish makes Williams the fifth athlete to ever win medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and the first American woman ever to do so.


“Detroit’s Lauryn Williams gets silver in bobsled as Canada rallies to gold”, Detroit News, February 19, 2014.

Chris Smith, “Lolo Jones Made Headlines, But Lauryn Williams Makes History With Track-To-Bobsled Crossover”, Forbes, February 19, 2014.