USA’s Williams and Evans win Olympic bobsled medals in Sochi

Last updated on October 3rd, 2014 at 04:55 pm

Lauryn Williams

Lauryn Williams

Aja Evans

Aja Evans

We told PRIDE readers recently about the five African Americans competing for Team USA in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. We are proud to report that two of them have taken medals in the women’s bobsled competition. American athlete Lauryn Williams became the first woman in the history of the modern Olympic movement to win medals in both the winter and summer Olympic Games. Williams, paired with Elana Meyer, won silver in the women’s bobsleigh competition. The American track and field athlete already held a gold medal from London 2012 as a team members of the 4x100m relay, and in 2004 in Sydney, where Williams won the silver medal in the individual 100m.

“It’s really cool to be here tonight and to be on a podium and to get that silver medal, I came here not to make history but to help the USA. And I feel like I did the best I could for it and I’m really excited with our performance and we’re happy to be here”, said Williams. Williams’ team wasn’t quite fast enough to reach gold. They were in the lead after the first three races, two of which the American athletes finished with a record start. However on the final descent, the Canadians made up time by a tenth of a second and finished with a final margin of 0.10 seconds.

Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse edged the US two woman bob team by a tenth of a second to retain their Olympic title. Humphries and Moyse, who won gold at Vanvouver 2010, beat Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams while in third place another American team Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans were third, earning the Bronze medals.

Thus Aja Evans and Lauryn Williams both bring home medals from Sochi.