Lauren Gibbs ’06 Wins Olympic Silver Medal in Women’s Bobsled

Lauren Gibbs ’06 Wins Olympic Silver Medal in Women’s Bobsled

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University volleyball alumna Lauren Gibbs '06 has won an Olympic silver medal in women's bobsled at the 2018 Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Center on Wednesday, becoming Brown's first female medalist at the winter Olympics outside of the sport of women's ice hockey.

Making her Olympic debut at the PyeongChang Games, Gibbs and pilot Elana Meyers Taylor posted a combined, four-run time of 3:22.52 for second place, finishing just 0.07 seconds behind first-place Germany (3:22.45).

Lauren Gibbs: Team USA Bio | NBC Olympics Bio
• Results: Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Heat 3 | Heat 4 | Cumulative
• NBCOlympics: Women's Bobsled Takes Home Silver for Team USA
• TeamUSA: Meyers Taylor, Gibbs Win Olympic Silver Bobsled Medal
• USA Today: USA Claims Silver in Women's Bobsled
• TeamUSA: College Roundup – February 21
• RIPR: Brown Volleyball Alum is Olympic Silver Medalist
• NPR: Two Olympians Talk Perseverance
• Providence Journal: Push for Medal Pays off for Brown Alum
• USA Today Video: Lauren Gibbs' Road to Silver Medal
• Brown.edu: Brown Alumna Lauren Gibbs Captures Olympic Silver

In heat three, Gibbs and Meyers Taylor eclipsed their own track record with a time of 50.46 and tied their start record with a 5.21. In heat four, the duo clocked in with a time of 50.73, securing its silver medal finish for Team USA.

Gibbs becomes Brown's ninth winter Olympic medalist and the Bears' first female medalist at the winter games outside of the sport of women's hockey. She is Brown's first medalist at the winter games since Becky Kellar '97 won gold with Canada women's hockey in 2010. Gibbs is the Bears' second medalist in bobsled as Charles Butler '55 won bronze in men's bobsled in 1956.

Team USA remains the only nation to earn a medal in women's bobsled at every Olympics since its introduction to the program at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games.

After the first two heats on Tuesday, Gibbs and Meyers Taylor stood in second place with a combined time of 1:41.33, sitting just 0.07 seconds behind first-place Germany (1:41.26). In heat one, the pair set a track record (50.52) and start record (5.22) to claim the top spot in the heat. In heat two, the duo eclipsed its own start record (5.21) and posted an overall time of 50.81 for second place.

A team captain for the Bears as a senior, Gibbs earned Second Team All-Ivy honors in 2004 and 2005 and ranks fourth all-time at Brown with 1,090 career kills. The Los Angeles, Calif., native started for the Bears for three seasons and gained Academic All-Ivy accolades as a senior. 

Brown Winter Olympic Medalists
Lauren Gibbs '06, USA, Women's Bobsled (2018 Silver)
Pam Dreyer '03, USA, Women's Hockey (2006 Bronze)
Kim Insalaco '03, USA, Women's Hockey (2006 Bronze)
Kathleen Kauth '01, USA, Women's Hockey (2006 Bronze)
Tara Mounsey '01, USA, Women's Hockey (1998 Gold, 2002 Silver)
Katie King '98, USA, Women's Hockey (1998 Gold, 2002 Silver, 2006 Bronze)
Becky Kellar '97, Canada, Women's Hockey (1998 Silver, 2002 Gold, 2006 Gold, 2010 Gold)
Charles Butler '55, USA, Men's Bobsled (1956 Bronze)
Donald Whiston '51, USA, Men's Hockey (1952 Silver)