Elana Meyers Taylor and Nic Taylor welcomed their “miracle" baby a bit earlier than anticipated, but little Nico couldn’t wait any longer to make his debut.
Posting a sweet photo of mom, dad and their future bobsled star to her Instagram on Sunday, the three-time Olympic medalist wrote: “Nicholas, aka Nico, Mommy and Daddy love you very much. In true Meyers Taylor fashion our baby boy is already showing how much of a fighter he is! Even though our champ started over 8lbs, an unexpected early difficult delivery and pregnancy landed him in the NICU but he’s strong and getting better every moment. We love you Nico!”
This is the first child for the couple, both longtime members of the U.S. bobsled team.
Fittingly, Nico’s arrival coincided with this year’s bobsled world championships, which Meyers Taylor has twice won. Meyers Taylor’s U.S. teammates Kaillie Humphries and Lauren Gibbs, with whom Meyers Taylor won the Olympic silver medal in 2018, won the two-woman world title on Saturday. According to Gibbs, Nico was born between heats.
"Not surprised [Elana] & [Nic] had their baby between the 3rd and 4th heats of World Championships," Gibbs posted on Instagram, before adding, "Welcome to the family Nicholas William Taylor II 'Nico' your Olympic aunties love you!"
Meyers Taylor announced in September that she was pregnant and would miss the 2019-20 bobsled season. She wrote at the time that her dream had always been to win two gold medals in the 2022 Olympics and put them around the neck of their child, but she and Taylor were told by doctors that might not be possible.
“However, they were wrong, and, now, I have the chance to live this dream,” she wrote. “We are excited for our little miracle.”
One day after announcing her pregnancy, Meyers Taylor won the women’s drivers division at the USA Bobsled Push Championships in Lake Placid, New York.
Baby Taylor wasn’t due until March. Meyers Taylor posted to Twitter on Jan. 19 that it was less than nine weeks until she had a “permanent training partner.”
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.