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All Quotes by author - Elana Meyers
" 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. "
" After the situation I had with my concussion in 2015, how long and lasting the effects were, I'm just more careful about it. "
" A guy like Usain Bolt would be sick behind a bobsled. "
" All growing up, the outside world wants to tell you what you can and cannot do as a female - what sports are acceptable, what sports are appropriate, what is appropriate to study, what is appropriate to say. But luckily, I have a strong family, and my mom is the most amazing mom in the world. She never let me worry about biases. "
" All sports have a zone, but ours is at 95 mph. You can feel the speed; you can feel the wind. It's the most euphoric thing I've ever done. "
" Anything worth having is worth working for. "
" Anytime you hit a curve, or you hit on the side of the wall, you hit against the side of the sled. We're taking four to five, sometimes six or seven Gs on our body every time we go down the track. And then the crashing. "
" Being a brakeman is very physical, and success is mostly determined by how fast you can push a sled for about 30 meters. "
" Being a minority athlete in this sport, it's been wrought with challenges, but I wouldn't consider myself a trail blazer. "
" Being southern and doing bobsled was difficult from the standpoint that I had no idea how to handle the cold and how to dress in the cold, let alone warm up and compete in the cold - so it was a definite shock. I didn't even own a coat when I first started bobsledding! "
" Biggest rival is Kaillie Humphries of Canada, and we are actually training partners. She was at my wedding, and I consider her a close friend. "
" Bobsled boils down to three things - your equipment, start, and drive. To win the Olympics requires all three. "
" Bobsledders are big athletes, and I'm a big athlete. "
" Bobsledding is an expensive sport. "
" Bobsledding is like sprinting with NASCAR. You get to push these 400-pound sleds as fast as you can down a hill and hop in. How could you not enjoy that? "
" Bobsled is a universal sport, and most people don't know that. Anybody can slide down a hill. "
" Bobsled is best for athletes who are fast and strong, which were my strengths in softball. "
" Bobsleigh is best for athletes who are fast and strong, which were my strengths in softball. "
" Even though concussions affect women more often than men, there's not a lot of concussion research about women specifically. You can slip and fall and hit your head and have a concussion. And unless you know what to do, and unless you're able to take the right steps, you may not be able to recover. "
" Find your passion, set a goal, go to work, evaluate, reassess, and repeat. "
" For me, it's always been about continually challenging myself and continually figuring out how to go down the hill faster. "
" For most people, they only thing they know about bobsled is 'Cool Runnings.' Well, 'Cool Runnings' was, of course, four men in a bobsled, and four-man is considered the highlight of our sport. It's what everybody knows. It's what everybody watches. And it's the big dog of our sport. "
" Growing up, most girls have this image of how they want their wedding to be and things like that. I had none of that except for the cake I wanted, and that's what I got. The cake was the first thing we ordered. "
" Having my dad play for the Falcons, what it did was really to expose me to a whole bunch of other elite-level athletes, which I think gives me an advantage and allowed me to understand what goes into sports. It is more than going out onto the field and going out onto the ice and competing. "
" I am powered by the defeat in Sochi, as I am by all my defeats. "
" I converted from softball. We've got volleyball, we've got track and field. Athletes come from anywhere and then convert into bobsled. "
" I don't like cold weather. "
" I don't put limits on anybody. "
" I feel like sport can transcend a lot of different things. "
" If I'm honest, the thing I remember the most was the team mascot, Freddie the Falcon. I really remember there was a McDonald's nearby, and I remember eating a cheeseburger in the playground when the Falcon appeared. I'm not sure my dad appreciates that being my favorite memory of him playing. "
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