Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor finally achieved the honor of the standard-bearer that was denied to her on Sunday when she contracted COVID-19 ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“Humbled and honored to close these Games as @teamusa’s Closing Ceremony flag bearer!” she wrote on Instagram Sunday night in Beijing. “Memories for a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
On Saturday, the 37-year-old won bronze with Sylvia Hoffman (see the video below) in the two-man bobsleigh to win five career medals, surpassing the four of the most decorated black athlete of the Winter Olympics, American speed skater Shani Davis.
“It’s so crazy to hear that stat and know that I’m part of a legacy bigger than me,” Meyers Taylor said, per CNN. “Hopefully this encourages more and more black athletes to come to winter sports and not just black athletes, to winter sports for everyone.”
The quadruple Olympian had already won silver in the monobob at the Beijing Games. She won silver medals in the women’s two-man event in 2018 and 2014 and bronze in 2010.
The start of the Olympics was anything but glorious for Meyers Taylor. She tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in China, endured the isolation of her young son, whom she is breastfeeding, and had to give up the honor of carrying the Team USA flag during the opening ceremony due to illness.
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