Episode 66: Elana Meyers Taylor Sets Sights Really, really Big

This week the absolutely wonderful, highly decorated Olympian and current president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Elana Meyers Taylor joins the podcast. Elana, a bobsledder, is a 4 time World Champion, 8 time World Championship medalist, 3 time Olympic medalist, and 2015 World Cup Champion.

In 2015 Elana became the 1st woman to earn a spot on the US National Team competing with the men as a 4-man bobsled pilot. She says racing with the men is one of the most meaningful accomplishments in her career.

And she is still actively training and competing full-on with her sights on Beijing2022.

Elana has been working with the Women’s Sports Foundation since 2010 when she received her first of many WSF Travel & Training Fund grants. She’s also served on the Foundation’s Athlete Advisory Panel and is currently the Foundation’s President. 

Here’s a full list Elana’s accolades.

Head to the podcast to find out more about racing with the men and why that is so important to her, big long term goals!, an insiders look at the Women’s Sports Foundation, concussions, Taekwondo, and the crazy ride of bobsledding.

This is the third episode in our mini-series about coaching. Elana and I take a look at some of the findings in the recently released report by Women’s Sports Foundation and Nike titled “Coaching Through a Gender Lens: Maximizing Girls’ Play and Potential”. This study and talking to Elana is an important reminder of the power of sports regardless of the level achieved. As she points out 96% of c-suite women played organized sports in their youth. 96%! That’s stunning!

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Elana’s Instagram
Cute photo of Elana with husband Nic Taylor in comfy Team USA kit.
Women’s Sports Foundation
In partnership with Nike, WSF recently released a report on how great coaching can help girls maximize their potential in sports
Women’s Sports Foundation recommends Five Sports Podcasts
96% of c-suite women played organized sports as kids
social media and sports for teens – hhs glenville audioclip
Classroom Champions video
NCAA Fastpitch Softball World Series
Women’s baseball
Men’s fastpitch softball
USA Women’s Hockey team reaches agreement before world championships in 2017
USA Hockey fight for equal pay, as of June 2019
A bit on Cathy Engelbert (first-ever WNBA commissioner) who got right to work on CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) negotiations