Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs celebrating during the women's bobsleigh heats at the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
Bobsled world champion Elana Meyers Taylor plans to take off the 2019-20 season, and when she comes back next season she’ll be a mom.
Meyers Taylor, a three-time Olympic medalist for Team USA, announced on Wednesday that she and husband Nic Taylor are expecting their first child in March.
"It was always my dream to win two gold medals in the 2022 Olympics and place them around the neck of our child,” Meyers Taylor said in a statement released by USA Bobsled & Skeleton. “When we were told by doctors that this might not be possible, I put all my efforts into winning two gold medals in 2022. However, they were wrong, and, now, I have the chance to live this dream. We are excited for our little miracle.”
In addition to their formal announcement through the national governing body, the couple shared a lighthearted video on social media. With dramatic music playing, a black-and-white video shows the couple seemingly preparing to push a bobsled. Instead, the camera angle switches to show them in full color pushing a stroller as the viral “Baby Shark” song plays in the background.
“Coming this spring ... a new member of Team Meyers Taylor!” it reads.
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🔉SOUND ON 🔉 Excited to add the newest member to Team Meyers Taylor in March 2020! I will be taking the 2019/20 winter season off but remain committed to standing on top of the podium for the 2021 World Championships in Lake Placid, NY, and the 2022 Winter Olympics! I will continue to help the team this season in any way possible, while Nic @nictaylorusa and I excitedly await the arrival of the fastest member of Team Meyers Taylor yet! 😂 The stroller pushing may need some work though 🤔 . . @usabs @teamusa @ibsfsliding @nbcolympics @womenssportsfoundation #MomtoBe #babyonthway #babyshark
Meyers Taylor, 34, has been a stalwart for the U.S. bobsled team, winning an Olympic bronze medal in 2010 as a push athlete before switching to the drivers seat and winning Olympic silver medals in 2014 and 2018. Along the way she also added individual world titles in 2015 and 2017 along with 44 world cup wins.
In 2011, Meyers Taylor met Nic Taylor, a fellow bobsledder, and they were married in April 2014. They’ve since competed together in four-person bobsled competitions.
“Although we will miss her competing for her podium spots this season, we fully support Elana as she takes the time she needs for her family,” USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chairman Emeritus and Interim CEO John Rosen said. “Nothing is more important, and we wish her and Nic all the happiness in the world. USABS will welcome Elana back when she is ready to once again take on the world as she battles for the top spot in each of her future races.”
Meyers Taylor made clear that coming back is indeed her plan, aiming to be back to compete at the 2021 world championships in Lake Placid, New York.
“Fortunately I’ve had great examples of moms that have competed within sliding sports like Noelle Pikus-Pace and Vonetta Flowers to show me what is possible,” Meyers Taylor said. “Great athletes like Alysia Montaño, Allyson Felix and so many others have fought for the right to compete and be mothers, and I wouldn’t have the courage to dream this dream without them. And if our child is blessed enough to have his mother’s hands and his father’s speed, who knows, we may be producing another bobsled Olympian for the 2042 Olympics!”