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Posted: February 07, 2018

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Elana Meyers Taylor?

PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 25:  Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 25, 2017 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 25: Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 25, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor returned to the Olympics in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. She won the silver medal in 2014 and won the bronze medal in 2010. 

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Born in Oceanside, California, Taylor, 33, grew up in Douglasville, Georgia. Ever the athlete, she’s been offered college scholarships for basketball, track and field, softball and soccer.

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Taylor has made news for pledging to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which studies brain trauma in athletes and other groups. Taylor has had four concussions that she knows of, one that caused symptoms of light sensitivity and personality changes. The symptoms have since dissipated.

“Women are largely unrepresented in brain donations. And concussions affect women more than men, so they need to get research out,” Meyers Taylor told USA Today in an interview.

Other interesting facts:

  • Played professional softball before bobsledding
  • Married to bobsledder Nic Taylor, who proposed on the medal podium at the 2013 World Championships, where Taylor won the silver medal
  • Volunteers with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Plans to eventually become CEO of U.S. Olympic Committee

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