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GW Softball Alumna Elana Meyers Going for Gold in Sochi

Former GW Softball standout Elana Meyers will compete in her second Olympic Games this month.
Former GW Softball standout Elana Meyers will compete in her second Olympic Games this month.

Feb. 7, 2014

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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.

Elana Meyers Media Coverage

  • 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



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