Bobsledder Elana Meyers of Douglasville heard a scream as she and driver Erin Pac crossed the finish line.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Meyers, 25, told the Washington Post. “I thought something was wrong at first. It was incredible. And then I figured out she was screaming — and it was a good scream.”
Pac was screaming because she saw the scoreboard: USA-2 had clinched a medal. Pac and Meyers ended up third behind two Canadian sleds after the fourth and final run Wednesday night.
A Lithia Springs High alum and softball standout at George Washington University, Meyers described what it was like to win a bronze medal in a sport she didn’t try until three years ago.
“To be in this position is pretty amazing,” Meyers told the Post.
“After giving up softball, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought I would try bobsled, but I wasn’t really sure what would happen. I thought my athletic career was over. To be sitting here right now, it’s nothing but God-inspired.”
Their sled finished 1.12 seconds out of first.
“It’s been so much fun,” Meyers told the Post, “and such a whirlwind.”
Wednesday night might have been Pac and Meyers’ final run together. Meyers will try to learn to become a driver next month. Pac will be there to cheer her on.
Talk of driving school, for now, can wait. There’s a medal to savor.
“I can’t even put into words how great this feels right now,” Meyers said.
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