Meyers tested positive for COVID-19 shortly arriving in Beijing
U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor said Saturday she was about to leave isolation and could start preparing in earnest to compete at the Beijing Olympics.
“I’ll be leaving tonight, which is the morning for you guys, and headed to another hotel, so I can start the process of getting back into training and getting everything ready to race,” she said.
Meyers Taylor revealed Tuesday she had tested positive for COVID-19. She had to give up her spot as a flagbearer at the opening ceremony, but bobsled doesn’t begin until about a week into the Olympics. Women’s monobob official training begins Feb. 10, with competition beginning Feb. 13. Training for the two-woman event starts Feb. 15, with competition beginning Feb. 18.
So Meyers Taylor always had a chance to come back and compete. She posted a video on Twitter on Saturday, showing her lifting a huge barbell in what she called an “isolation hotel workout.”
Meyers Taylor, who was asymptomatic, has remained in quarantine – away from husband Nic, an alternate for the men’s bobsled team, and 2-year-old son Nico, both of whom traveled with her.
Meyers Taylor previously earned Olympic bronze at Vancouver 2010, silver at Sochi in 2014, and a second silver at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. She has widely been viewed as a gold medal contender at the 2022 Games, hot off a 2021-22 Bobsled World Cup season that saw her top the standings in both the women’s monobob and two-woman disciplines.
Meyers Taylor is the only woman to win three Olympic bobsled medals for the U.S.