GW Olympian Meyers Takes Bronze in Women's Bobsled
Came into Olympics 2nd-Best US Team, Leaves 3rd Best in World
Feb. 25, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Former GW athlete Elana Meyers and her USA bobsled teammate Erin Pac captured a surprise medal Wednesday. The women's bobsled duo took home the bronze medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the Whistler Sliding Center in Whistler, Canada.
One of the first to congratulate Meyers on the victory was GW President Steven Knapp.
"All of us here at GW were thrilled by your winning the Bronze last night! Can't wait for an opportunity to celebrate as soon as we can get you back to campus!" President Knapp's message said. "Diane and I were delighted that we were able to see you in Whistler last Friday, and this makes that experience all the more memorable. You have made your university very proud!"
In the first run of the second night of competition, Meyers and Pac had a time of 53.29, which solidified medal contention going into the final race later in the night.
"I was just trying to stay calm and relaxed," Meyers said to the media Wednesday. "We've been going at this to have fun this whole time, and that's really what I was trying to do. I had the hugest grin on my face going down because I knew we were about to do something special."
The team's final run was the slowest of all four runs, as they finished with a time of 53.78. Their combined time of 3:33.40 was 1.12 away from gold.
In the team's first run on Tuesday, they finished the course in 53.28 seconds, tied for second place with a German sled.
"It was pretty amazing to come out at the Olympic Games and have a track record," Meyers told the media on Tuesday after racing. "It was super exciting to have it for a brief second and I think we can take it back tomorrow."
Meyers and Pac took sole control of second place in their second run, sliding across the finish line at 53.05. Their combined time of 1:46.33, puts them just .13 behind gold medal contention and .40 ahead of the bronze.
Meyers is a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of the School of Public Health and Health Services. She has a degree in exercise science and is a current graduate student in GW's Masters of Tourism Administration program. She began her bobsled career began shortly after her softball career at GW ended.
She made the national bobsled team as a rookie in 2007 and won a bronze World Cup medal in 2008. She took a gold at the inaugural World Cup in Whistler, Canada, and also won a silver at the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid.
The Douglasville, GA, native was a member of the first GW softball team in 2003, collecting many of the program's firsts, including the first hit (single vs. Towson 3-11-03), run (vs. Towson, 3-11-03), win (vs. Coppin St., 3-12-03) and strikeout as a pitcher. (vs. Towson, 3-11-03).
Meyer still holds program records in batting average (.356), on base percentage (.430), games started (192), at bats (568), runs scored (111), hits (202), triples (15), walks (63), and stolen bases (130).