Pictured above is (left to right): Assistant Principal Keenan McGaughey; Olympic Athlete Lauryn Williams, and Principal Amy Williams.
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Academy was recently visited by Lauryn Williams, an Olympic athlete and Pittsburgh native!
Lauryn is a track and field sprint and bobsled athlete from Pittsburgh and two-time Olympic participant. She was the gold medalist at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and won silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2007 World Championships and the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She’s also won the silver medal as part of the women’s bobsled team representing the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics. She is one of only five athletes to have won a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games and also the first American woman to do so.
Lauryn spoke to the students about overcoming adversity early in her career, the importance of education, and practice. After describing the determination she needed to reach the Olympics, she answered questions for everyone. Many of the students were surprised to learn that she spends much of her reading books when not practicing. What will she tackle next–perhaps Rugby? We’ll stay on the lookout!
Thanks again to Lauryn! You are an inspiration to us all!