BEIJING (AP / NEXSTAR) – The Olympic regime for Kaylee Humphries and Elana Myers Taylor has always been the same. They came, trained, competed, won a medal and drove home.
So it was in 2010. And again in 2014. And again in 2018. Not this time.
The celebration after the monobob competition was short-lived for Humphries and Meers Taylor. Just 24 hours after they won their fourth Olympic medals, they returned to work at the Yanqing Sliding Center.
Tuesday was the first day of official training for the traditional two women’s competition, which begins on Friday.
Humphreys first took the gold monobob as a U.S. citizen. As you can imagine, it was an emotional experience.
“I waved that flag and sang the star-studded flag as loud, as loud as I could,” Humphreys told reporter Jack Dawes. “I felt on top of the world.”
Meers Taylor, a native of Douglasville, Georgia, has returned from a battle with COVID to win a silver medal. She pays tribute to her family, teammates and fans for encouraging her to go through this.
“It took each of them to turn to me and all that positive to bring me to the starting line,” Meers Taylor said.
The couple hopes to add a little more equipment to their trophy case when the bobsleigh competition for the two starts later this week.