GW Athletics will induct seven standout alumni into its Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon. One of those inductees, however, will be absent from the ceremony; former GW softball shortstop Elana Meyers ('07) instead will be 5,500 miles away, representing the United States in Sochi, Russia, as a bobsledder at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which began Thursday.
Meyers was officially named to the U.S. Olympic Team on Jan. 19, becoming just the third female U.S. bobsledder to qualify for two Winter Olympic Games, and she will vie to become the first ever to win multiple Olympic medals during the two-woman bobsled competition Feb. 18-19 in Sochi.
A two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for softball and a CoSIDA Academic All-American, Meyers graduated as GW's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.356), hits (202), stolen bases (68) and runs scored (111).
Upon graduation, Meyers played one year of professional softball, but she struggled during her tryout for the U.S. National Team. Meyers did not give up her Olympic dream, however, and her parents suggested she give bobsled a try.
The Douglasville, Ga., native made Team USA as a brakeman in her rookie season of 2008 and pushed driver Erin Pac to a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Shortly after the Vancouver Games, Meyers shifted into the driver's seat, and four years later she is the best female bobsled pilot in the country, driving the United States' top sled in international competition. She owns 15 World Cup medals, including seven this season, five of which are gold.