Elana Meyers Taylor
Olympic Silver Medalist, World Champion, Bobsled
“Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you'll land among the stars. ”
When Elana Meyers got a new BMW sled for this season, she turned to the Classroom Champions community for help in naming it! She sent out a call for help to all the students in the program to send in their ideas for a name. Finally, on the first day of the 1st World Cup race of the season, she announced the name - Bobslayer - suggested by Martina McQuire's class in Maitland, Florida.
Elana Meyers knows that it’s not all about her. In fact, she’s been a team player most of her life and credits a large part of her success to those around her. Softball was her passion early own and played professionally for one year, but didn’t make it on the women’s Olympic softball team. But that wasn’t enough to stop Elana from her dream of competing in the Olympics.
So, she headed for the ice, and like some other bobsledders we know (ahem, Steve Mesler) started a second athletic career as a brakeman. A brakeman is the one who pushes the sled. After winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Elana decided she wanted to be in the driver’s seat. A driver, she says, is like the quarterback in football. They plan the strategy and lead the team on the field. Plus, she admits, “I do like to be in control.”
Elana also knows a thing or two about education. She calls herself a bit of geek for loving calculus and chemistry in school, and is now studying for her second master’s degree. We look forward to the lessons from Elana, also known as “Ms. Meyers” the substitute teacher in the off-season!
This is Elana's second year as an Athlete Mentor.
Fun Fact: Elana's favorite game growing up was freeze tag.