The world watched as Elana Meyers took the silver medal in Olympic Women’s Bobsledding, becoming the first U.S. women's bobsledder to win multiple Olympic medals. Elana and her brakeman, Lauryn Williams, came just one-tenth of a second shy of the Canadian first-place finishers in Sochi.
And how did Meyers celebrate when she returned to the United States? Her first public appearance straight from Sochi was to the patients and families in The Zone at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The kids were so excited to meet Elana, but they were even more thrilled at the chance to see her bobsled! BMW, as promised, shipped a bobsled to the hospital so that patients could get in and receive a quick tutorial from Elana. BMW also provided pins and mini bobsleds, which Elana autographed for the patients, so lots of people helped make yesterday’s visit a special one. Teammates for Kids would like to extend a special thank you to BMW for their support of this visit as well!
"This story kills me, the pictures kill me...none of us shared the early and late hours it took of agonizing workouts, training, and sacrifice that Elena had to go through to deserve the right to win her Olympic medals,” said Co-Founder of Teammates Garth Brooks “But without a second's hesitation, she is so glad and willing to share the fruits of her labor with all of us. THAT is the definition of an Olympian. We are all very lucky and thankful to have Miss Myers in the Zone."
“Elena is a long-time supporter of Children's, so it was very special for her to meet our patients face to face,” shared Juliet Veal, the Zone Coordinator. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our kids. Getting to meet Elana, holding her silver medal, and seeing her bobsled all in one day is something they will not soon forget.”