Meyers Taylor


Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor will make her first public appearance in Douglasville on Monday.

The Douglas County native and Lithia Springs High graduate will be honored at a welcome home celebration at Arbor Place Mall at 6 p.m. at the food court.

Last month, Meyers Taylor guide her bobsled to a silver medal finish at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

It was the third medal for the former college softball player turned Olympic bobsledder.

Meyers Taylor and brakeman Lauren Gibbs had a time of 3:22.52 in four heats over a two-day span during the Winter Games. The duo was edged out for the gold by Germany’s Mariama Jamanka and brakeman Lisa Buckwitz finished their four run in the two days of competition in 3:22.45, which was a 0.007-second margin.

That was the closet between first and second in any Olympic women’s bobsled race.

This was the third consecutive Winter Olympic medal for Meyers taylor who won bronze as a push athlete in 2010 and silver as a drive in 2014 becoming the most decorated women’s bobsledder in U.S. history.

Since returning home from the Games, Meyers Taylor has made radio and television appearances. On Tuesday, she received more good news when her alma mater Georgia Washington University announced it she will be award an honorary degree during the school’s commencement exercises.

The graduation will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on May 20.

Meyers Taylor is a 2007 graduate of Georgia Washington University where she also starred on the softball team. She was the program’s first recruit and was twice the conference’s student-athlete of the year.

Georgia Washington is the only university to hold its graduation ceremony on the National Mall.

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