Alumna Elana Meyers Taylor Wins Silver Medal

The former Colonial picked up her third Olympic medal since 2010.

February 22, 2018


Former Colonial Elana Meyers Taylor (l) and her teammate Lauren Gibbs celebrate after winning Silver Medal at Olympic Games. (Photo courtesy of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation)

George Washington University alumna Elana Meyers Taylor claimed an Olympic women's bobsled silver medal Wednesday, earning a spot on the Olympic podium for the third straight Winter Games.

Ms. Meyers Taylor, B.S. ’06, M.T.A. ’11, along with partner Lauren Gibbs, entered the day in the No. 2 spot and held steady with a four-run combined time of 3:22.52, just 0.07 seconds behind the German bobsled team.

The former Colonial set an Olympic Sliding Centre course record with her first run Wednesday (50.46 seconds) to pull closer to the lead and posted another strong effort in her finale before being edged by the Germans. An online replay is available.

"I am through the roof," Ms. Meyers Taylor told reporters afterward. "I gave it everything I had today. I gave it everything I had yesterday.”

Ms. Meyers Taylor, who played softball at GW from 2003 to 2007, added to her medal collection after picking up bronze in Vancouver in 2010 and silver in Sochi four years ago. She's the first American woman to win three Olympic bobsled medals. 

The then-Ms. Meyers arrived at GW as the softball program's first recruit and graduated as the Colonials' all-time leader in nearly every offensive category. The Georgia native was twice an Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year and Capital One/Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American during her impressive career at GW. Her No. 24 was retired by the program in 2014.