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Lauryn Williams retires from bobsled

Lauryn Williams

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: (BROADCAST-OUT) Ted Ligety of the USA Skiing team poses in the Olympic Park during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ted Ligety

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Lauryn Williams announced her retirement from bobsled Thursday, ending one of the most unique and accomplished U.S. Olympic careers.

“As an athlete I am exhausted having done sports since age 9 and competing professionally for the last 10 years,” Williams said, according to U.S. Bobsled.

Williams, 31, is one of five athletes to win Summer and Winter Olympic medals. She competed in three Olympics in track -- 2004, 2008 and 2012 -- taking silver in the 2004 Olympic 100m and gold in the 2012 Olympic 4x100m relay.

Then she retired from sprinting, picked up bobsled, made the 2014 U.S. Olympic team in her first season in the sport and won a silver medal pushing for Elana Meyers Taylor in Sochi.

Williams all but retired after Sochi but came back for four World Cup races this winter before ending her career.

“I fell in love with bobsled after just six months and wish I had found it sooner,” Williams said, according to U.S. Bobsled. “It really poured a refreshing sense of life into my heart, which was just what I needed at this point in my life.”

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