Elana Meyers Taylor says she is ‘shattered’ after becoming the most decorated black athlete in Winter Olympics history


The medal is Meyers Taylor’s fifth – surpassing Shani Davis’ four – as the 37-year-old became the most decorated Olympic bobsledder of all time.

“It’s overwhelming,” Meyers Taylor said when asked about breaking Davis’ record.

“It’s so crazy to hear this statistic and to know that I am part of a legacy that is bigger than me. I hope this will encourage more and more black athletes to come to winter sports and not just black athletes, winter sports for everyone.

“We want everyone to get out, no matter what color your skin is. We want winter sports to be for everyone, regardless of race, regardless of socio-economic class.

“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 to try winter sports.”

The four-time Olympian is a three-time silver medalist – Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 – as well as a two-time bronze medalist at Vancouver 2020 and at this year’s Games.

Bronze medalists Meyers Taylor and Hoffman of Team USA pose for a photo during the flower ceremony.

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Meyers Taylor almost missed Beijing 2022 after testing positive for Covid-19 upon arriving in China.

“It’s been an amazing Olympics starting in isolation. I had no idea what was possible, but luckily I had a great team behind me who believed in me and believed it was possible. and I couldn’t have asked for a better result,” said the 37-year-old.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better Olympics and it just shows you that even when the cards are stacked against you, if you have the right support behind you, you can still achieve great things.”

Meyers Taylor and Hoffman watch from the podium during the flower ceremony on Saturday.

On Friday, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced that Meyers Taylor had been voted the flag bearer for Team USA at Sunday’s closing ceremonies.

She was also elected to lead Team USA at the Beijing 2022 opening ceremony, but was unable to participate after testing positive for Covid-19.

Meyers Taylor competes in the women's bobsled monobob round at the National Sliding Center in Yanqing district in Beijing, capital of China, Feb.

Sunday’s ceremony is likely to be an emotional occasion for Meyers Taylor, who has hinted that this will likely be his last Olympics.

“I’m going to take some time to really think about that. It’s going to be really tough to beat these Olympics. Two medals and now finishing with a flag bearer, it’s going to be really, really tough to do better.”


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