Softball Alumna Meyers Taylor Named to 2018 U.S. Olympic Team

Elana Meyers Taylor played softball at GW from 2003 to 2007 before going on to Olympic bobsled glory.
Jan. 13, 2018

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former GW softball standout Elana Meyers Taylor is headed back to the Olympics.

Taylor officially punched her ticket to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea in the bobsled Saturday with an announcement from USA Bobsled and Skeleton. She'll be chasing her third Olympic medal after earning bronze at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and silver at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

On Saturday, Meyers Taylor was one of four bobsledders picked to represent Team USA at the PyeongChang Games, just hours after her first World Cup victory of the season in Switzerland. She becomes the first woman to represent Team USA in bobsled at three Olympics.

Meyers came to GW as the first recruit in program history and left an indelible mark on the program. A two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for softball and a CoSIDA Academic All-American, she graduated in 2007 as the program's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.356), hits (202), stolen bases (68) and runs scored (111). She became the first softball alum elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame and had her number retired in a ceremony at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus later that year.

After leaving GW, Meyers played a year of professional softball, but soon made the transition to bobsled, the sport that has taken her to Olympic glory.

Meyers initially started as a brakewoman and earned her bronze pushing Erin Pac in 2010. After that, she's become a driver and continued her dominance of the international scene. She won her silver in 2014 with teammate Lauryn Williams, missing out on gold by one tenth of a second.

 

 

This time, Meyers Taylor will chase the ultimate prize, paired with Lauren Gibbs. Bobsled is slated to be contested February 18-25 at the Olympic Sliding Centre.

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