GW Graduate Going for the Gold in Sochi

George Washington University (GW) graduate Elana Meyers has been named to the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team and will be competing at the winter games in Sochi, Russia. Meyers graduated from GW’s School of Business in 2011 with a master’s degree in sports management after completing a B.S. in exercise science in 2006 at GW’s School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS).

While at GW, Meyers played shortstop and pitcher for the softball team and was named to the All-Star team in July 2007, leading the Colonials to their first Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance. But when her college softball career ended, Meyers decided to take her speed and strength from the softball field to the fast runs of bobsled.

In 2007 she made the switch to the sport of bobsled and it proved right away to be an auspicious match: She made the national team her rookie season and went on in 2008 to win her first World Cup medal. And in 2010 she competed and made the U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled team and went on to win a bronze medal in the winter games that year.

The 2010 trip to the Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada fulfilled a lifelong dream for Meyers. “At the age of 9 I decided I wanted to be an Olympian,” she says. As for what lies ahead of her in Sochi, Meyers is joining a line-up that includes six other elite athletes picked for the U.S. women’s bobsled team. So far this season, she’s collected six medals in bobsled, two of them gold. And though she won the bronze in Vancouver for her position as brakeman on the bobsled, she has since switched to the position of driver. She’s already ranked as one of the world’s fastest bobsled drivers.

But whether she wins the gold this year or not, Meyers has demonstrated time and again in her academic life as well as her sport, a relentless competitiveness that is the hallmark of a true champion. 

Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services, Lynn R. Goldman, has a special message for Elana and members of Team USA:

Read more about Meyers on the Team USA website.