Olympic bobsledder, Elana Meyers Taylor has made history as she became the most decorated black athlete in Winter Olympics after she and Sylvia Hoffman won the historic bronze medal at the two-woman bobsleigh event in Beijing on February 14, 2022. This win makes her the most decorated female in Winter Olympics as well as her fifth medal in the Olympics. The title was formerly held by Shan Davis who has four medals to her name.
“I am overwhelmed”, Taylor said when asked how she felt after the win.
“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 their 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.”
Taylor is an American Olympic bobsledder and World champion who has competed since 2007. She is a three-time silver and two-time bronze medal winner.
Written by: Victoria Oyebande
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