Elana Meyers Taylor Continues to Knock Down Barriers

Elana Meyers Taylor won her sixth victory on the eight-race season on Saturday (c) Getty Images
Elana Meyers Taylor won her sixth victory on the eight-race season on Saturday (c) Getty Images

Elena Meyers Taylor and the USA Women Bobsledders are continuing to represent the USA proudly.  Elena, with brakeman Cherrelle Garrett, competing in the two-woman World Cup championships last week, captured her sixth victory of the eight-race season.  This was her first overall World Cup title after winning the silver medal in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Her success at the Olympics prompted her to accept yet another challenge.

In September 2014, the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation announced it would allow mixed-gender crews to compete in four-man bobsleigh.   Amazingly, in November Meyers Taylor led a four-man crew to third place in the U.S. trials, securing a place to compete for the U.S. national team, despite only having four days training in a four-man sled.  Later that month,  Meyers and Kaillie Humphries of Canada became the first women to compete with and against men in an international four-man bobsleigh competition, in the season-opening North American Cup race in Park City, Utah.  Elana piloted her mixed-team’s sled to a seventh place finish, Humphries piloted hers to sixth. Elena is on track to break down the barriers for women to compete in the four-man event in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea!

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