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Lauryn Williams returns to U.S. Bobsled

Lauryn Williams

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Silver medallists Elana Meyers (L) and Lauryn Williams of the United States team 1 pose during the Women’s Bobsleigh on Day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Lauryn Williams, the fifth athlete to win Summer and Winter Olympic medals, will return to competition this week at the U.S. National Bobsled Push Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Williams, 31 and a three-time track and field Olympian, made her Winter Olympic debut in Sochi, winning silver with driver Elana Meyers Taylor.

She said in April, “I think I’m done with sports as an active competitor,” but did not fully commit to retiring. She did not take her name out of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency drug-testing pool.

Then, on Sept. 29, she said she was “playing with the idea” of returning to bobsled this season.

“It has got a little twinge of, is this really the right thing [retiring], and how do you really know when you’re done, especially when you have such an awesome experience in such a short period of time [in Sochi],” she said then.

Williams is one of two U.S. Olympic push athletes returning this week, along with Justin Olsen, a two-time Olympian who won gold in Vancouver in 2010.

Williams’ Sochi push athlete teammates -- bronze medalist Aja Evans and Summer and Winter Olympian Lolo Jones -- have said they’re focusing on track and field.

The World Cup bobsled season starts in December in Lake Placid.

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