The Woman of Summer and Winter, Lauryn Williams

My hat’s off to Lauryn Williams. And yours should be too.

She is only one of five athletes to medal in both a summer and a winter Olympics, for track and field and bobsleigh/bobsled. And she’s been winning Olympics since 2004.  A decade.

Bow down for real.

She took the silver in 2004 for the 100 meters and a gold in 2012 for the 4 x 100m relay. This month in Sochi, she and teammate Elana Meyers won the silver for the two person bobsled race. Ms. Williams has also won gold medals at many other world class events including the Pan-American Games and World Championships. 

When you Google her name, pictures of Lolo Jones, a fellow track and field star who also turned to bobsled, pops up. WTH? Then there are backhanded compliments like this from her hometown paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Rochester native trying to slide back to Olympics”

Can a Trinidadian empress catch an unqualified break? SMH.

If I were in a mood, I would grouse intellectually about the African diaspora needing greater ambition than do what others have already done. If I were feeling witchy, I would complain about folks pulling for Lolo Jones and perpetuating colorism and a bad attitude.

But today, I’m looking at those beautiful dredlocks and that 1000 KW smile and saying Lauryn Williams, do your thing until you get tired. And please, never get weary.  If we don’t see you before then, we’ll catch up with you in Pyeongchang, South Korea in ’18.

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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