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Elana Meyers Wins Olympic Silver in Bobsled

Elana Meyers earned silver at piloting USA-1 in Sochi.

Feb. 19, 2014

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - George Washington alumna and Athletic Hall of Famer Elana Meyers ('07) became the first former GW student-athlete to win an Olympic silver medal on Wednesday when she placed second in the two-woman bobsled competition in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Already GW's first-ever Olympic medalist after she won bronze in Vancouver in 2010 as a brakewoman, the former GW softball standout upgraded her hardware on Wednesday. Driving the United States' top sled, Meyers and brakewoman Lauryn Williams finished just fractions of a second behind Canada-1, manned by Kaillie Humphries - whom Meyers trains with - and Heather Moyes.

"Elana exemplifies the dedication, passion and attitude that we want all of our student-athletes to train and compete with every day," said GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "Her commitment to mind and body enabled her to make the transition from elite college softball player to one of the best bobsled pilots in the world, and we couldn't be more proud of how Elana represents GW on the global stage."

Meyers becomes the first female bobsled athlete from the U.S. to win two Olympic medals.

The USA-2 sled of Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans took bronze, marking the first time the U.S. has won multiple medals in bobsled in a single Olympics.

Meyers and her teammates appeared on the TODAY Show as well as NBCSN's 'The Lights' Thursday morning to discuss their accomplishments.

Meyers was a two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for softball and former CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Elana Meyers Media Coverage

  • Elana Meyers wants bobsled gold in `18, NBC Washington, Feb. 20, 2014

  • U.S. bobsledders on their medals: 'That's what racing is all about', Today Sochi, Feb. 20, 2014

  • MY OLYMPICS JOURNEY: No shame in silver for Elana Meyers,, Feb. 20, 2014

  • USA's Meyers, Williams soak in silver win,, Feb. 19, 2014

  • Why Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams are in the lead in women's bobsled,, Feb. 18, 2014

  • MY OLYMPICS JOURNEY: Elana Meyers rocks the mountains,, Feb. 18, 2014

  • USA's Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams lead halfway through bobsled, USA Today, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Halfway to Gold, espnW, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Meyers and Williams overnight leaders in women's bobsled Olympic competition", United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Elana Meyers' USA-1 leads bobsled after opening runs, Associated Press, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams hold lead after first day of women's bobsled,, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Who Is Elana Meyers? Everything You Need to Know, ABCNews, Feb. 18, 2014

  • GW Grad Elana Meyers Begins Drive for Bobsled Gold, NBC Washington, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Sochi Spotlight: Elana Meyers,, Feb. 17, 2014

  • Elana Meyers brings dad along for the ride in pursuit of bobsled gold at Sochi Games. Yahoo! Sports, Feb. 17, 2014

  • Vonetta Flowers' legacy blooms for black bobsled athletes, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 17, 2014

  • Elana Meyers inducted into GW hall of fame, 11Alive Atlanta, Feb. 9, 2014

  • Meyers Chases Olympic Dream, Douglas County Sentinel, Feb. 6, 2014

  • Elana Meyers Goes From GWU Softball Standout to Team USA Bobsled Medal Contender, University Herald, Feb. 6, 2014

  • Bobsledding has given ex-GW softball player Elana Meyers an extended athletic career, Washington Times, Feb. 5, 2014

  • Athlete origins: Elana Meyers, bobsled,, Feb. 4, 2014

  • Steering the Course to Success, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2014

  • Meet Team USA: Elana Meyers, Sports Illustrated, Jan. 27, 2014

  • GW Alumna Going for Gold in Sochi, GW Today, Jan. 27, 2014

  • Bobsled represents a second career for many athletes, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2014

  • Push, NCAA Champion Magazine, Winter 2014