GW Softball Honors Two-Time Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor
Colonials Retire Former Shortstop's No. 24 Jersey
April 28, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington softball team retired two-time Olympic bobsled medalist and GW Athletic Hall of Famer Elana Meyers Taylor's No. 24 jersey on Sunday afternoon.
Meyers Taylor and husband Nic Taylor were honored in an on-field ceremony between games of the Colonials' doubleheader against Atlantic 10 rival Dayton. Junior Victoria Valos, freshman Megan Linn and Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero presented Meyers Taylor with a framed No. 24 jersey, and the team revealed a banner that will hang on the outfield fence at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. She then threw out the ceremonial first pitch to junior Samantha Dos Santos.
"It's a huge honor to have my number retired," said Meyers Taylor. "I came here with the intention of helping start this program. To see what the university says about my athletic career and my athletic accomplishments, it's a complete honor and I'm overjoyed to be able to be here and share this achievement with everyone today."
A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection and five-time team MVP, Meyers Taylor was the GW softball program's first-ever recruit and graduated in 2007 as the Colonials' all-time record holder in nearly every offensive category, and many of those marks still stand today.
After softball was dropped from the Olympic program, the former standout switched her attention to bobsled and quickly became one of the best bobsled athletes in the world, winning bronze at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver before earning silver in Sochi in February.
Earlier this year, Meyers Taylor became the first GW softball player enshrined in the GW Athletic Hall of Fame, but couldn't attend the induction ceremony because she was competing in Sochi.
"It's great being back, it brings back a lot of good memories," she said. "I'm excited to be here and to see how much the campus has grown, how much the program has grown - and what an amazing job the whole GW athletics community has done to really make sure this program is strong and what a great job Coach Schramm has done to build this team."
GW will also recognize Meyers Taylor at a reception in her honor on Monday afternoon.