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Behind the Games: Elana Meyers Taylor


American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor loves to compete.

The 33-year-old grew up in Georgia, playing pretty much every sport she could.

She was offered scholarships to play four sports in college. She choose softball.

Elana comes from a military family. She didn’t want to enlist, but she still wanted to represent her country. The second best way to do that, she says, is at the Games.

After faling to make Team USA’s Softball team, she decided to go a different route—bobsledding.

In 2007, when she picked up her first sled, she didn’t even own a winter coat.

Just three years later she won bronze at the 2010 Winter Games.

In 2015, after taking home sliver in Sochi, she won gold in the World Championships. It’s something no other American Woman had ever done.

Now, with her husband by her side, she’s after that elusive gold Winter Games medal.

Even with all her success, Elana isn’t just focused on bobsledding.

She is on the US Rugby National Team.

She also plans on trying out for the US Olympic Softball team in 2020.

Further down the road, when she can’t play sports anymore, she wants to be CEO of the United States Olympic Committee.

Her contribution to sports will continue even after her death. Elana has suffered at least four concussions. When she dies, there are plans to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research.

Before all of that, however, she just wants to bring home a gold medal in South Korea.

-Ashley Sturm

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