Lauryn Williams set to return to the state with Olympic medal in hand

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 8, 2014 8:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The Winter Olympics are over, and a hometown girl is returning to Pennsylvania with a silver medal. Lauryn Williams may no longer be known just as a track and field star.

The native of Rochester, Beaver County, missed out on a gold medal by just one tenth of a second in the two-woman bobsled. That's not denting her spirits though.


"I know how she hard she worked for this opportunity, I watched her diet, I watched her to do everything she was supposed to do to get to this point. So there was no reason at the finish line that we should be ashamed or sad about our performance as long as we left it all out on the track, and I think we did that."

Still, taking home a medal in Sochi makes her one of the few ever to win a medal in both a Winter and Summer Olympic games -- she won a silver at the 2004 Athens Games and owns a gold medal as a member of the U-S women's 4x100 meter relay team in London in 2012.

"I am really looking forward to settling into a new routine of something that's a little more stable, not so much pick and go. Not sure what that means just yet because I'm used to the hustle and bustle of traveling all the time, but I think I'll figure it out," says Williams.

Williams says she's expecting to appear in the Saint Patrick's Day parade in Pittsburgh, but doesn't have any long term plans in terms of continuing her athletic career.

She says she's considering starting a financial planning firm for Olympic athletes.

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