Elana Meyers Taylor is breaking race and gender barriers in bobsledding

Feb. 16, 2018

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She was also one of the first two women to compete in four-person sledding in the U.S.

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Meyers Taylor spoke to Mic about how difficult it was to find a crew of men to push for her — even after she won the silver medal in Sochi.

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She only found a crew after her husband, Nic Taylor, who is also an Olympic bobsledder, joined her sled crew.

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Meyers Taylor said that in addition to sexism, she also feels Olympic bobsledders face racial discrimination.

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People think that people of color should just be in the back of the sled, which is crazy to hear in 2018.

— Elana Meyers Taylor to Mic

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I’m out there to prove them wrong, and I think there are other black drivers and drivers of different races that are out there to prove them wrong as well.

— Elana Meyers Taylor to Mic

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In this year’s Olympics, she’ll compete in the bobsled tournament on Feb. 20, at 6:50 a.m. Eastern.

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She has a longer-term dream, too: “My goal is to one day become the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee.”

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