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For Immediate Release:
April 04, 2014
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Trenae Floyd
trenae@miamidade.gov
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First U.S. Woman to Medal in Summer and Winter Olympic Games to be Honored by Commissioner Jordan


(Miami, FL) – The University of Miami is known for producing stellar athletes. Each year, several are drafted into the National Football League contributing to conference championships and Super Bowl wins. However in 2014, the University of Miami’s most cherished athletic graduate is not a football or basketball star. Instead, she is a track and field and bobsled competitor who is the first U.S. woman to medal in the Summer and Winter Olympics. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan will honor Lauryn Williams for her accomplishments at Noon, in the Commission Chamber of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1 Street, in Miami.    

“Coaches nationwide are very familiar with the talented pool of athletes that come from Miami-Dade County,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Lauryn’s strong showing in Track and Field and in the Two-Man Bobsled only reinforces that fact.”

Williams won a Silver Medal in the 100-meters during the 2004 Olympics. In the 2014 Winter Olympics this past February, Williams also won a Silver Medal in the Two-Man Bobsled allowing her to make Olympic history.

Williams’ athleticism in Track and Field is to be commended. In 2004, she was the NCAA 100-meter Champion. In 2005, her 4x100-meter team was named World Champion. In 2006, Williams was the World Indoor 60-meter Silver Medalist. Her Bobsled accomplishments include a Gold Medal in the World Cup in Igls, Austria. She was named to the U.S. National Bobsled Team in 2013 and finished 3rd Place at the U.S. National Push Championships. Williams was named to the U.S. Winter Olympic Team in January of this year.

“We are fortunate to have such an accomplished person in our community,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Lauryn was an excellent athlete, but she also excelled in the classroom.”

Williams is a 2004 graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.