Lausanne (RWH) US bobsleigh athlete Lauren Gibbs, 2018 Olympic silver medallist with pilot Elana Meyers Taylor and 2020 World Champion with Kaillie Humphries, shared the lessons she has learned during her journey to the Olympic podium. As the International Olympic Committee IOC in Lausanne reported, the 36-year-old connected with Olympic fans from all over the world at an online event hosted on IOC sponsors Airbnb website.
“To me, an Olympian has always been somebody who found their sport at four years old and had to be exceptional at it, and their life's work of sport culminated in the Olympic Games,” explains Gibbs in the IOC news. “For me, it was a bit different. I'd graduated from college, I'd graduated from an MBA programme and at the age of 30 was posed with the question of, ‘Hey, why don’t you try bobsled?’ And from then on it was an adventure that I never imagined would be possible.”
Lauren Gibbs switched from volleyball to bobsleigh in 2014. After winner her second ever North American Cup race with Jamie Greubel Poser, the duo entered the first World Cup together winning bronze in Lake Placid (USA). To date, Lauren Gibbs competed in 37 BMW IBSF World Cup races achieving 17 podium placings including six victories. ©RWH2020
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Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis - Lauren Gibbs and pilot Kaillie Humphries (USA) celebrating after their gold medal run at BMW IBSF World Championships 2020