US bobsleigh pilot Meyers Taylor expecting first baby

Los Angeles (AFP) –


Two-time bobsleigh world champion Elana Meyers Taylor said Wednesday she will skip the 2019-20 season as she awaits the birth of her first child, but the American star plans to be back for the 2021 worlds and the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Meyers Taylor and her husband, Nic Taylor, also a bobsledder, announced they are expecting their first child in March.

"I will be taking the 2019/20 season off but remain committed to standing on top of the podium for the 2021 World Championships in Lake Placid, NY, and the 2022 Winter Olympics," Meyers Taylor posted on her Twitter feed, along with an amusing video of herself and Taylor apparently preparing to push a bobsleigh which turns out to be a baby stroller.

"It was always my dream to win two gold medals in the 2022 Olympics and place them around the neck of our child," Meyers Taylor said in a statement released through USA Bobsled and Skeleton. "When we were told by doctors that this might not be possible I put all my efforts into winning two gold medals in 2022.

"However, they were wrong, and, now, I have the chance to live this dream. We are excited for our little miracle."

Meyers Taylor won the overall World Cup title in the 2014-15 season and won two-woman world championship gold in 2015 and 2017.

She is a three-time Olympic medallist, capturing silver in 2014 and 2018 and bronze in 2010 -- all in two-woman bobsleigh. She and Taylor -- who proposed at the medal podium of the 2013 world championships -- were married in 2014.