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MEYERS TAYLOR SETS COURSE RECORD ON DAY 1 OF OLYMPIC BOBSLED

Release: 02/20/2018
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - GW Athletic Hall of Famer Elana Meyers Taylor ('07) set a course record on her opening run of the Olympic women's bobsled competition on Tuesday and sits in second place heading into the final day of racing.

Seeking a medal in her third consecutive Winter Games, Meyers Taylor, along with partner Lauren Gibbs, posted a combined time of 1:41.33 with their first two runs at the Olympic Sliding Centre, seven-hundredths of a second behind the sled piloted by Germany's Mariama Jamanka. The German sled piloted by Stephanie Schneider is third (1:41.56).

Meyers Taylor, who played softball for the Colonials from 2003-07, took the early lead Tuesday with her record-breaking run of 50.52 seconds. She ended the day in second after the second of four runs. (NBC will re-broadcast Tuesday's runs in primetime. An online replay is also available here.)

It's a familiar spot for Meyers Taylor, who earned bronze in Vancouver in 2010 and silver in Sochi in 2014. She'll continue her chase for gold Wednesday with the third and fourth runs to decide the medals. The competition is scheduled to begin at 6:40 a.m. Watch them live here.

Meyers was GW's first softball recruit and went on to become a two-time A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-American. The Georgia native graduated as the Colonials' all-time leader in nearly every offensive category. Her No. 24 was retired by the program shortly after her last Olympic appearance four years ago.

GWSports.com Feature on Meyers Taylor's career in Buff and Blue
GW Magazine Feature on Meyers Taylor's chase for Olympic gold

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