Elana Meyers Taylor (2019)
|Birth name||Elana Alessandra Meyers|
|Born||October 10, 1984|
Elana Meyers Taylor (born Elana Alessandra Meyers; October 10, 1984), is an American bobsledder who has competed since 2007. Born in Oceanside, California, Meyers was raised in Douglasville, Georgia and is a graduate of The George Washington University, where she was a member of the softball team.
She was named to the U.S. team for the 2010 Winter Olympics on January 16, 2010.
On February 24, 2010, Meyers along with Erin Pac won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Their first run has a time of 53.28. Their second run has a time of 53.05. Their third run has a time of 53.29. Their fourth run has a time of 53.78 for a total of 3:33.40 a difference of +1.12 from first place.
On February 19, 2014 Meyers along with Lauryn Williams won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Their first run has a time of 57.26, a track record. Their second run has a time of 57.63. Their third run has a time of 57.69. Their fourth run has a time of 58.13 for a total of 3:50.71 a difference of +0.10 from first place, just edged out by rival Canada 1, piloted by Kaillie Humphries and braked by Heather Moyse.
In April 2014, she took part in 2014 China Women's Sevens with United States women's national rugby union team (sevens)
In September 2014, the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing announced it would allow mixed-gender crews to compete in four-man bobsleigh. On 8 November, Meyers Taylor led a four-man crew to third place in the US trials, securing a place to compete for the US national team, despite only having four days training in a four-man sled. On November 15, 2014, Meyers and Kaillie Humphries of Canada became the first women to compete with/against men in an international four-man bobsleigh competition, in the season-opening North American Cup race in Park City, Utah. Meyers piloted her mixed-team's sled to a seventh-place finish, Humphries piloted hers to sixth.
In February 2015, Meyers and pusher Cherrelle Garrett beat three German crews to win the first world championship title in women's bobsled for the United States. This also made Meyers the first U.S. bobsled driver, either male or female, in 56 years to win a worlds title on a non-North American track.
Meyers married coach and fellow bobsledder Nic Taylor in April 2014.
Meyers is a Christian. She has said, “One of the big reasons I was put in bobsled is to help people not only reach their goals, but come to Christ. God put me here for a specific reason and I don’t think it’s just to win medals. At the end of the day, I’m in this sport to glorify God, so if that means I come in last place or I win the gold medal, that’s what I’m going to do.”
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- Final results
- "Elana Meyers: "I'm in this sport to glorify God"". Retrieved March 5, 2020.
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