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Elana Meyers ( 1984 - )  Category ( Sports_Figures ) [suggest a correction]
 

Olympic medalist Elana Meyers has participated in bobsled competition for less than three years. Her remarkable, swift rise to prominence in the sport is even more impressive when it is revealed that she hails from the southern United States. She is a native of Fairburn, Georgia, a location not known for snowy winters conducive for bobsledding. She never owned a winter coat until two and a half years ago.

However, such setbacks have never slowed Meyers down. In 2009, at the FIBT World Championship in Lake Placid, New York, she won a silver medal in the bobsled two-woman event with Shauna Rohbock. Following that impressive win, Meyers was named to the 2010 US Olympic Team in January 2010. The next month, Meyers and bobsledding partner Eric Pac were awarded the bronze medal at the games in Vancouver, Canada. Their first run has a time of 53.28. Their second run has a time of 53.05. Their third run has a time of 53.29. Their fourth run has a time of 53.78 for a total of 3:33.40 a difference of +1.12 from first place.

According to Meyer's blog "The medal ceremony was one of the happiest days of my life so far. I actually cried! Didn't think I would -- I always say I don't have tear ducts because of my lack of ability to cry when I want to most- but I cried like a baby on this day." Meyers plans to switch from the rear bobsled seat to the front one, claiming that she likes the idea of controlling the craft and the course. "Plus," she said, "as a driver you have a little more lifespan support. With brakemen, its usually one or two games and that's pretty much it."

Meyers wants to remain in the sport as long as possible. While her dedication to her sport is in no doubt, she still finds time to plan for personal, as well as professional, happiness. Meyers stated that "One of my greatest dreams in life aside from winning medals is to one day have a family of my own, you know, a husband, children, white picket fence...well maybe not a white picket fence but a house on the beach wouldn't be so bad :) Anyway, as much as some men don't want to admit it, the real point of dating is to try to find that special someone to share the rest of your life with -- that someone who will love you when you bring home a Bronze medal or when you come home battered and bruised from a horrible crash or when you lose your job and the money's gone- someone who will love you through thick and thin- and a kind of love that you can't even put into words. That's the kind of love I want to have someday..."

Unfortunately, Meyers claims, her celebrity and hectic schedule make finding true love more difficult, but she is not giving up. Meyers has also expressed concern over financial matters. As of March 2010, she has no sponsorship contracts. In order to keep her career going (bobsledding is among the more expensive winter sports), she must engage in fundraising and plans to maintain several summer jobs. She expresses hope that such endeavors will allow her to raise enough funds for the next bobsled season. She has stated that sometimes bobsledding costs more than the athlete will ever have the opportunity to make. "However," she wrote in her blog, "I love what I'm doing so I'm going to do whatever I can to keep it going..."


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