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Miami Hurricane Legends: Lauryn Williams

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Let’s Take a Look at Miami’s Greatest Student Athlete

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Next up on our list of Miami Hurricanes legends is the great Lauryn Williams.

A native of Rochester, PA, Williams graduated from the University of Miami in 2004 with a degree in Finance. For her stellar scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership, Williams was inducted into the exclusive Iron Arrow Honor Society — the highest honor a University of Miami student can be awarded.

As a three time 100m national champion as a student athlete at Miami, in addition to representing America at 4 different Olympic games (both summer AND winter), Lauryn is the standard for Miami athletes across the board. She’s legendary in sports as well as academics. In her college days, she won a gold medal in the 100m race at the 2002 World Junior Championship as well as the 2003 Pan American Games. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, Lauryn won a silver medal in the 100m. She continued her track career and in 2012 competed at the Summer Olympics in London, winning a gold medal in a relay. Two years later Lauryn competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as a member of the U.S. bobsled team. She won a silver medal and is one of just a few athletes all time who’ve won medals at both a summer and winter Olympic game.

For her accomplishments, Lauryn is also a member of the UM Sports Hall of Fame.

Lauryn Williams running the 100M.

Lauryn’s acceptance speech into the UM Sports Hall of Fame.

She came within inches of winning a gold medal at Sochi.

A feature on Lauryn.

Lauryn had it all. She was a transcendent athlete breaking numerous school records. An amazing student. And a four time Olympian. If you were to construct the ideal student athlete, Lauryn Williams would fit the bill each time. And that’s why she’s a Miami Hurricanes Legend.