The Women’s Sports Foundation is excited and honored to welcome three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor into her role as our President, effective Jan. 1, 2019. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Elana will work alongside CEO Deborah Antoine and the Foundation’s team to strengthen and expand opportunities for all girls and all women in all sports.
A native of Douglasville, Ga., Elana played softball at George Washington University before switching to bobsledding and earning three consecutive Olympic medals in the sport – two silver and one bronze. She is a four-time bobsled world champion and has also competed for Team USA in rugby.
Elana is a strong leader with a passion for achieving gender equality in sport and for fighting for more opportunities for women and girls at all levels of the game. She is one of just a few female bobsled pilots in the world to race in the four-man discipline, where she competes with three female brakemen against all-male crews in an effort to expand the sport for women and work towards equal participation numbers between the genders.
“Elana is a shining example of leadership and humanity,” Deborah shared. “ We are honored to welcome Elana as our new president, and to work alongside her to ensure that more girls and women experience the gift of sport in 2019.”
Off the ice, Elana has two master’s degrees and completed a summer internship for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. She served on the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Board of Directors as its athlete director, and is involved with nonprofits such as Classroom Champions, which connects underserved students with world-class mentors. Her husband, Nic Taylor, was an alternate on the 2018 men’s bobsled Olympic Team.
Elana’s partnership with WSF began more than eight years ago when she received a Travel & Training Fund grant (2010). For the last three years, Elana has served on the Foundation’s Athlete Advisory Panel and traveled the country sharing her passion for sports and equality with girls in our Sports 4 Life and GoGirlGo! funded programs.
Elana succeeds six-time X Games medalist freeskier Grete Eliassen, and will serve a one-year term.