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 Taylor got a new BMW sled for the 2013-14 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.” The result was a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Later in 2014, Elana became one of the first women drivers in the world to pilot a 4-person sled on the World Cup circuit. This didn’t take away from her hunger as a two-woman sled driver, though. She and pusher Cherrelle Garrett won the first world championship title ever in women’s bobsledding for a US team in 2015, setting track speed records in three of the four runs.
Elana also knows a thing or two about education. She calls herself a bit of geek for loving calculus and chemistry in school, and just earned her second master’s degree. At times, she has worked as a substitute teacher. Elana is also a newlywed, having married fellow bobsledder Nic Taylor in 2014. Her hunt for a reception dress was featured on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.”
This is Elana's fourth year as an Athlete Mentor.
Fun Fact: Elana's favorite game growing up was freeze tag.