Elana MEYERS TAYLOR

United States of America USA

Bobsleigh

  • Olympic Medals
    3 S
    2 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Vancouver 2010
  • Year of Birth
    1984
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Biography

Elana MEYERS TAYLOR

Born October 10, 1984 American Elana Meyers Taylor is the definition of bobsleigh royalty.

At Beijing 2022 the California native confirmed her status as such when, age 37, she won a silver in the women's inaugural monobob competition and bronze in the two-person bobsleigh with brakewoman Sylvia Hoffman to become the most decorated Black athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics.

With her two medals from the Chinese capital the American now sits on a total of five Olympic medals - three silver and two bronze - meaning that in five races, at four Olympics, she has never finished off the podium.

Her success in the Chinese capital comes off the back of a career where Meyers Taylor has achieved almost everything her sport has to offer.

It all started at the 2009 World Championships, where she piloted to silver in the two-woman event alongside Shauna Rohbock in Lake Placid, USA.

That performance helped Meyers Taylor get selected for the USA at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, where she finished with a bronze medal. Another world silver followed at the 2013 world champs in St. Moritz, Switzerland, alongside brakewoman Katie Eberling.

The 2014 season turned out to be a significant turning point for Meyers Taylor on several levels.

Firstly, the American partnered up with Lauryn Williams to win Olympic silver at Sochi 2014. It was also the season where the IBSF announced it would allow mix-gender crews to compete in 4-person bobsleigh, and on 8 November, she piloted a four-person crew to third place in the US trials, securing a place to compete for the US national team with only having four day of experience in a four-person sled.

On November 15, 2014, Meyers Taylor partnered her husband and fellow bobsleigh athlete Nic Taylor to become the first women (alongside Kaillie Humphries) to compete with and against men in an international four-person bobsleigh competition, in the season-opening North American Cup race in Park City, Utah.

Another huge first saw Meyers Taylor secure her - and the United States' - first two-woman world title in 2015 at Winterberg, Germany, alongside pusher Cherrelle Garrett. It was a feat she would go on to repeat at the 2017 Worlds, where she claimed gold again this time, with Kehri Jones.

Meyers Taylor then went on to win her third Olympic medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Games, this time with Lauren Gibbs as brakewoman. Little did she know then, that with the inclusion of the monobob event - something she and Humphries had passionately been advocating for for years - that by the next Olympic cycle would become a sporting legend.

Taylor's talents also extend beyond the snow. She attended George Washington University on a softball scholarship, and in 2014 represented the USA women's rugby sevens team at the China Women's Sevens. She has also served as president of the Women's Sports Foundation, empowering future female athletes.

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Beijing 2022

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2-woman
2-woman Bobsleigh
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Women's Monobob
Women's Monobob Bobsleigh
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PyeongChang 2018

S
Women's Two
Women's Two Bobsleigh
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Sochi 2014

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Two
Two Bobsleigh
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Vancouver 2010

B
Two
Two Bobsleigh