YANQING, China — Elana Meyers Taylor used two huge runs in the final monobob runs to claim a silver medal on Monday, after starting the day in fourth place. But more amazing than the rides was the fact that she was able to compete. She had been isolated for several days following a positive coronavirus test shortly after arriving in China. Her husband, Nic Taylor, a substitute for the men’s team, also tested positive, as did their nearly two-year-old son, Nico, and his father, Eddie Meyers, who joined them to care for Nico. All were placed in separate isolation rooms, with Eddie Meyers and Nico sharing a room.
Although Meyers Taylor was allowed to run, she and the others are still in close contact, meaning she can’t see them much. She was so exhausted after her first day of racing that she wondered if she should even continue, telling American driving coach Brian Shimer that she might want to scrap the event. He dissuaded him.
“I was so bad mentally, I was so discouraged,” she said. “I didn’t know if I could, I didn’t know if I should and my races showed that. My races were terrible. I just couldn’t clear my head. There was so much fog in my head from everything that had happened. I was really wondering if I should go out. But you know, thanks to him, thanks to my team, thanks to everyone: they raised me, they raised me to the silver medal.
She said she asked Shimer to help her before Monday’s race.
“He holds a special place in my heart forever and has always been there through thick and thin,” said Meyers Taylor who has now won three silver and one bronze in four Olympics. “And last night he said to me, ‘You have this; we are going to do it’. And even today, I didn’t know which runners or which place to choose, and I looked at him and I said ‘you know I trust you with my life, I trust you with my son’s life , choose the runners.’ And he chose the runners and it paid off.