PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Lauryn Williams wears her silver and gold Olympic medals proudly.
The Rochester native is only the second woman in history to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. But surprisingly, winning medals was not her top priority.
“It was never really about the pursuit of the medals it was the pursuit of being the best I could and enjoying the journey,” says Williams.
The journey started at a young age when she realized she could run. Not just fast, but super-fast.
“My dad loves to tell the story of me being at the Carnegie Science Center and racing off the Flo Jo hologram and staying out there until I beat it,” Williams says.
She went on to compete at Rochester High School where she won the state championship in 100 and 200 meter dashes. But the dream of running in the Olympics came when she reached the University of Miami on a four-year scholarship.
“My junior year, I won the hundred meters for the NCAAs and I also ran the second fastest time in the world,” said Williams. “It just happened to be 2004, and that’s when I turned my focus to Olympic thinking.”
From 2003 to 20112, Williams had a spectacular career in track and field – winning a gold medal in 2012 at the London Games and winning other events around the world.
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