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.