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In Elite Company

February, 20, 2014
Elana Meyers, Lauryn WilliamsAl Bello/Getty ImagesLauryn Williams, right, became the fifth person in Olympic history to win medals at both the Winter and Summer Games on Wednesday.

Lauryn Williams made history on Wednesday, becoming the fifth person to win medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympics after earning a silver medal in the bobsled with teammate Elana Meyers. With a 4x100 gold medal from the 2012 London Games, Williams narrowly missed out on becoming just the second athlete to win gold medals at both the Winter and Summer Games. American Eddie Eagan remains the only person to accomplish that feat, winning a gold in boxing in 1920 and a gold with the four-man bobsled team in 1932. Three other athletes have won medals in both the Winter and Summer Games -- Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway (ski jumping gold in 1924 and yachting silver in 1936), Christa Luding of Germany (four speedskating medals in 1984, 1988 and 1992 and a cycling silver in 1988) and Clara Hughes of Canada (four speedskating medals in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and two cycling medals in 1996). Luding is the only athlete to win medals at the Winter and Summer Games in the same year.

The Final Push

January, 16, 2014
Elana Meyers and Lolo JonesChristof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty ImagesElana Meyers and Lolo Jones celebrate their second-place finish at a World Cup event in Germany earlier this month.

The U.S. Olympic bobsled roster will be announced on Sunday, but first the contenders get one last chance to impress the selection committee with a World Cup race in Igls, Austria this weekend. Olympic hurdler and media sensation Lolo Jones will look to win a spot as a push athlete when she pairs with driver Jazmine Fenlator. Earlier this month, Jones and driver Elana Meyers finished in second place in Winterberg, Germany. Lauryn Williams, the team’s other Olympic track star-turned-bobsledder, will work with driver Jamie Greubel for the event. Aja Evans, who was a sprinter at Illinois, will push for Meyers. Katie Eberling and Emily Azevdedo, the other push athletes in the mix to make the Sochi roster, will not compete in Igls. Three push athletes will be selected to join the three drivers at the Olympics. Meyers won a bronze medal in 2010 with Erin Pac. Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers remain the lone U.S. women to take home gold (2002) in the event.

A gold mine in Michigan

January, 11, 2013
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AP Photo/Duane BurlesonJordyn Wieber throws out the first pitch at a Tigers game.
Way back on Jan. 11 1805, Congress established the Michigan Territory, providing home soil for several gold medalists at the London Olympics. Tennis star Serena Williams (born in Saginaw), gymnast Jordyn Wieber (born in DeWitt), sprinter Lauryn Williams (raised in Detroit), boxer Claressa Shields (born in Flint), swimmer Allison Schmitt (raised in Canton) and water polo goalie Betsey Armstrong (born in Ann Arbor) all have Michigan ties. Clearly, there's something in the water in the Great Lakes State.

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