BEIJING, China — Elana Meyers Taylor, the champion bobsledder and Olympic medal favorite from Douglasville, Georgia, is clear to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics following a second negative COVID test, she said Saturday.
The bobsledder had tested positive shortly after arriving in China for the Winter Olympics, and had been isolating in her hotel room since - marching symbolically in her room on Friday for the Opening Ceremony after her U.S. teammates had chosen her as a flag-bearer.
She told TODAY she was looking forward to competing and inspiring her son.
Just Saturday morning, she had shared on Twitter that she'd gotten a barbell into her room.
Taylor is a strong hopeful for gold in the monobob event making its debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics, after an electric 2021-22 Bobsleigh World Cup season in which she beat out her chief rival, fellow American Kaillie Humphries, for the monobob championship.
She compiled four individual wins and a second-place finish in the 23-race series and also finished atop the two-woman standings, making her the World Cup's overall champion.
The 37-year-old won a silver medal in the two-woman bobsled event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
She is also a two-time world champion in the two-woman event.