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Elana Meyers Taylor is the most decorated black athlete at the Winter Olympics


“Being away from them at the most critical time when I need their support has been really difficult,” Taylor said. USA today, adding that she cried at least once a day during her isolation. “With all [Nico’s] handicapped, I didn’t know how he would be, being far from me.”

Nico was born prematurely by emergency caesarean section and later diagnosed with hearing loss and Down syndrome.

“But he handles it like a champ,” Taylor continued. “He misses his mom, of course. He misses his dad. But he’s a soldier. He’s the best kid in the world.”

While in isolation, the family lived under strict COVID-19 security restrictions. “Everything seems to be falling apart. You lose all control,” Taylor said. USA today. “You can’t even open your door. You can’t choose what you want to eat. You can’t choose anything. You lose all control.”

After leaving solitary confinement, Taylor suffered from brain fog, a common symptom of COVID-19. She told Yahoo! Sports, it was “difficult to concentrate even on the bobsleigh”, adding: “I just couldn’t clear my head”.

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