The long hours and travel has paid off again for Douglasville native Elana Meyers Taylor.
She was recently named to her third U.S. Olympic bobsled team for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
“It definitely feels good, and I’m looking for a different experience this time,” Meyers Taylor said via cellphone from Germany. “I’m looking forward to representing my coaches and country in the upcoming Games. All the focus in the past has been about winning medals. I want to concentrate on my performance and giving the best effort I can. It has been a great time leading up to this moment.”
Meyers Taylor recently competed in Switzerland. She will pilot a team with Lauren Gibbs of Los Angeles earning a spot in the back of the sled. The other two-man team will be 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser of Pennsylvania and Aja Evans of Illinois.
Meyers Taylor is a two-time Olympic medalist; she claimed bronze in the backseat of Erin Pac’s sled at the 2010 Vancouver Games and silver as a pilot at the 2014 Sochi Games. Meyers Taylor is hoping to complete her set with gold in PyeongChang.
“I don’t feel any pressure,” Meyers Taylor said. “I think the outside world has placed some expectations on you. All I can do is my and live up to my expectations and make sure that I was worthy of a spot.”
Meyers Taylor and Gibbs won bronze at the 2016 World Championships in Austria.
The Americans are favored to medal again in 2018 after Greubel Poser and Meyers Taylor finished 1-2, respectively, in the Olympic test event in PyeongChang in March.
Bobsled will be contested from Feb. 18-25 at the Winter Games.
“The women’s team has been stacked with outstanding talent for the last three Olympic cycles and this year is no exception,” said USABS CEO Darrin Steele in a statement released on Saturday. “Six push athletes have been battling it out week after week and winning medals on the World Cup circuit this year, but we only have two spots for the Games. We don’t take this decision light-heartedly.
“The selection committee chose the athletes they think have the best chance of bringing home hardware from Korea for Team USA. I wish we could take the entire team with us because they’ve all proven how hard-working and determined they are in addition to being incredibly talented.”
Forty women’s athletes in 20 sleds are expected to compete for the Olympic title. The U.S. is one of four nations to qualify two sleds in women’s bobsled.The U.S. is the only nation to medal in every women’s bobsled Olympic event since the discipline made its debut at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.