A trailblazing career and an established sports icon who changed the sports history books once again at the 2022 Winter Olympics at Beijing forever, five-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor, the most decorated woman and Black athlete in Winter Olympics history is GOALS.
Meyers Taylor, 37, won bronze at Beijing 2022 on Saturday, earning her the coveted title of the most decorated female Olympic bobsledder.
An overwhelmed Meyers Taylor had this to say:
“It’s so crazy to hear that stat and to know that I’m part of a legacy that’s bigger than me,” she said, according to CNN. “Hopefully it just encourages more and more black athletes to come out to winter sports and not just black athletes, winter sports for everybody.
“We want everybody to come out regardless of the color of your skin. We want winter sports to be for everybody, regardless of race, regardless of socio-economic class,” she continued. “I think the more diversity we have, the stronger our sport can be. So hopefully this is just the start of more and more people coming out and trying winter sports.”
Although at first, her dream was playing softball at Team USA which didn’t quite come to reality after an Olympic tryout following her career at George Washington University, Taylor would later opt for Bobsledding in 2007, going ahead to compete in the Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, and PyeongChang 2018 games, leading her to tow her historic path in her fourth Olympics as the most decorated
Bobsledder in Olympic history, the most decorated Bobsledder in the United States, the most decorated black athlete in Winter Olympics history, and the Oldest American woman to win a Winter Olympics medal, Forbes reports.
Notably, the world champ has won a medal for every Olympic event she’s entered.
Born in Oceanside, California, the daughter of a professional football player set her on her path quite early. Keying from her personal experience as regards racism she has faced throughout her athletic career, the sports star is an active voice against racism