Douglas County and Douglasville welcomed their 30-year-old Olympic heroine back to her roots in a special ceremony at the mall.
As Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons handed her the key to the city and other gifts, he said Meyers had again put Douglasville and Douglas County on the world map as she did in 2010 by winning the bronze medal for the U.S. in women’s bobsled in Vancouver, Canada.
“However, when she placed us on the map this year, it was done with a silver lining, an Olympic silver medal lining,” Persons said.
“Elana has earned the respect and admiration of her nation for her tremendous performance in Russia this year,” Persons said.
“Not only has she proudly represented the United States in Olympic competition but her hometown as well,” Persons said, reading from a city proclamation which proclaimed Feb. 25 as “Elana Meyers Day.”
In the gold medal round, the Canadian team squeaked by Meyers and her teammate, Lauryn Williams, capturing the gold medal in a time of 3 minutes, 50.61 seconds with the U.S. finishing in 3:50.71.
Meyers said she had wanted to be an Olympian representing the U.S. since she was 9 years old.
Playing in city and county girl’s softball leagues in Hunter Park and other Douglas County leagues, Meyers dreamed of Olympic stardom on the softball field. She honed her skills in the sport as a star at Lithia Springs High School and George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
However, when the International Olympic Committee decided to drop softball and baseball as summer Olympic sports starting with the 2016 Games, Meyers turned her disappointment into triumph as she took up the sport of women’s bobsledding after watching it on television.
“I thought I’d give it a try and fell in love with the sport,” she said.
Meyers said her dreams of Olympic competition could not have been achieved without the great support of her family and Douglas County.