After walking through the door, Elana Meyers Taylor stopped and was given her Olympic medals.
One-by-one the three-time Olympian put each one around her neck.
First was the 2010 bronze, and then next came the 2014 silver.
And then the latest, the 2018 silver medal won last month during the PyeongChang 2018 Games in South Korean.
Just like that, the Douglasville native was ready to greet several city and county officials and the media at Monday’s Welcome Home Celebration at Arbor Place Mall.
Gov. Nathan Deal made the short trip from Atlanta to congratulate Meyers Taylor as the most decorated Olympic bobsledder in U.S. history.
She did photo-ops with the elected officials, and even allowed Deal to hold his medals.
“I thought being No. 1 state in the nation five years in a row was something, but this is great,” Deal said as he held the medals and posed for several pictures.
Following the press conference and a brief ceremony in the food court, Meyers Taylor had a meet and greet with an autograph session for the several hundred fans that were at the mall.
She patiently personalized each autograph, and spoke with the fans while posing for photos.
There were plenty of hugs from close associates and a bouquet of roses from an aunt.
It was just a continuation of the support Meyers Taylor felt from her hometown during the Olympic run to the silver medal.
“I’ve always felt the love from Douglasville during my time away,” Meyers Taylor said. “Thank goodness for social media. This is why I love to do it. I love representing my country, state and hometown.”
And of course having her husband, bobsledder Nic Taylor, by her side was special.
“I was able to share every moment with my husband Nic was pretty incredible,” she said.
She said she hasn’t seen the entire tape of her Olympic race, only the final run that netted the silver medal.
Meyers Taylor and her brakeman Lauren Gibbs finished runner-up to the Germany team of Mariama Jamanka and brakeman Lisa Buckwitz. There was a 0,07-second margin that separated a gold from a silver medal. It was the closet between first and sec on in any Olympic women’s bobsled race.
After a procedure to repair a torn Achilles, Meyers Taylor will rest and continue her speaking engagements.
Of course she will continue to train as she wants to compete in the 2022 Winter Games in China.
I feel that I can compete another four more years,” Meyers Taylor said.
She also said that she might consider trying out for the U.S. softball team. Taylor was a standout player during her time at Lithia Springs High, and earned a scholarship to George Washington University, where she was the program’s first recruit.
“It is something I don’t do too often, but I want to see where I’m at,” she said. “I want to swing a bat to see where I’m at.”