Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor soaking in post-Games experience

June 06, 2018, 10:35 a.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, (518) 354-2250, amanda.bird@usabs.com
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Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor soaking in post-Games experience

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (June 6, 2018)- Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) has had a busy couple of months.


She may be only several months off winning her third Olympic medal — a silver in women’s bobsled at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea — but two weeks ago, she received another honor that almost eclipsed her newest Olympic hardware.


Meyers Taylor’s alma mater, George Washington University, awarded her a Doctorate of Public Service degree during its commencement ceremony. She previously earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school and has an additional master’s degree from DeVry University.


Education is something that's extremely important to me, and I plan on pursuing my doctorate degree at some point, so to be honored with an honorary doctorate was amazing,” Meyers Taylor said. “I got to give a speech in front of 25,000 people on the National Mall — I was looking at the Washington Monument the entire time. That was something else, and I'm so honored that GW would bestow that upon me.”


The honor is another addition to Meyers Taylor’s growing resume, which has expanded even further since her and Lauren Gibbs’ (Los Angeles, Calif.) success in PyeongChang. Since the Games, Meyers Taylor has also been nominated for the A.A. Sullivan Award for the nation’s top amateur athlete and for Team USA’s Female Athlete of the Games. She is also currently up for the title of Top Sportswoman at the BET Awards next month.


But Meyer’s Taylor’s post-Games victory tour hasn’t ended with nominations. She also led the U.S. Olympic Delegation at the White House in Washington D.C. in April and, on the same trip, was able to present an award at the Team USA Awards alongside Jesse Owens’ granddaughter.


“It doesn’t get much more humbling than that,” Meyers Taylor said.


Education has been a focus for Meyers Taylor since returning from PyeongChang. In addition to several other school appearances, Meyers Taylor visited her former elementary school in Georgia as part of Team USA’s “Team for Tomorrow” program. She and Gibbs also spoke to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program.


While in D.C., she attended Team USA’s Athlete Career in Education summit, which focused on transitioning Olympic athletes into professional careers after their retirement from the sport. She called the experience “eye-opening.”


Between all of the media engagements and appearances, the awards and honors, Meyers Taylor and her husband, bobsledder Nic Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo.), have found time to travel. Their travels have including a trip to India and the Maldives, which a dream trip for Meyers Taylor, and a cruise to the Caribbean and a trip down to Tampa, Fla. to meet a gymnast who had won a visit from her via an Instagram contest. Meyers Taylor said that she has been recognized by fans more since this Games compared to others, which she hopes means that the sport is growing globally.


That’s the biggest goal for Meyers Taylor — growing the sport of bobsled. She is active in USABS’ recruiting efforts and has already announced that she is committing to bobsled for another Olympic quad with eyes on her fourth medal in four Games. She is also focused on developing the women’s four-man discipline in an effort to create more gender equity in the sport.


She said the reception and recognition following PyeongChang has been greater than previous Games.


“It’s been so much more,” she said. “Hopefully it’s spreading awareness and knowledge about bobsled.”

 

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