Elana Meyers Taylor becomes the most decorated black athlete in Winter Olympics history

Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor won a fifth Olympic medal on Saturday, winning bronze in the two-man event and becoming the most decorated black athlete in Winter Olympics history.

The big picture: Meyers Taylor, who was named the closing ceremony flag bearer for Team USA, tied speedskater Shani Davis earlier this week with four medals after taking silver in the monobob.

By the numbers: Meyers Taylor, 37, has competed in four Winter Olympics, starting with the Vancouver Games in 2010.

  • She won a bronze medal there in the women’s two-man event, then a silver medal at the Sochi Games in 2014 and a silver medal at the Pyeonchang Olympics in 2018.

What they say : “It’s overwhelming,” Meyers Taylor said. “It’s so crazy to hear that stat and know that I’m part of a legacy bigger than me.”

And after: Meyers Taylor has hinted that she will be retiring after the Beijing Olympics, saying “chances are it will be my last”. ESPN reported.

  • “It’s going to be really tough to top those Olympics. Two medals and now finishing with a flag bearer, it’s going to be really tough to beat that,” she said.
  • She was also named the Opening Ceremony flag bearer, but had to step down from her role after testing positive for COVID-19. She was cleared to compete a few days later.