What do Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn, Jamie Anderson and Mikaela Shiffrin all have in common?

None of them has captured a medal in each of the last three Winter Olympics.

But someone among Team USA's prestigious roster of Winter Games athletes has. And that someone is Elana Meyers Taylor.

Olympics: Bobsleigh
Elana Meyers Taylor celebrates after placing second in the women's bobsleigh at the 2018 Winter Olympics. USATSI

The 33-year-old bobsledder is fresh off a silver medal earned alongside Lauren Gibbs, and she hasn't left an Olympics without a podium appearance since her international career commenced back at Vancouver in 2010. A bronze that year and another silver in the two-woman bobsleigh competition during 2014's Sochi Games made her silver run this February that much more special.

And Taylor, a former college softball player and the first female to ever win three different bobsled medals, was kind enough to talk about her Olympic journey with CBSSports.com thanks to her partnership with Coca-Cola, which featured her on custom Share a Coke bottles for the Games.

Here are five questions with the three-time medal winner herself:

CBS: How did it feel to medal for the third straight Winter Olympics? Was it as eventful as the first two times? 

Elana Meyers Taylor: Indescribable! This was even more eventful than the previous two times because of everything we went through to get here -- the death of my teammate Steve Holcomb this summer, an Achilles tear and a slew of other obstacles. It all made this medal extra special. I'm proud of how hard we fought for this one. It may not be a gold medal. But we worked hard, and I laid it all on the line. I'm going to enjoy it.

What would the Elana Meyers Taylor of the 2018 Winter Games tell the one from 2014 -- or the one from 2010?

EMT: I'd tell her to enjoy every run and to remember why you do the sport. You do it because you love it. You do it for that feeling you get in the sled. Had I had this same perspective in 2014, I think I'd already have a gold medal.

How would you describe the atmosphere of the Olympics in Pyeongchang?

EMT: The atmosphere is absolutely amazing. The people are great, welcoming and excited to host the Games. I'm just excited to have won a third medal here in Pyeongchang.

What's the strangest thing you've eaten during your time in South Korea?

EMT: Kimchi. And I have a really difficult time with it, too! My stomach does not appreciate it.

[Editor's note: Kimchi, a national dish in Korea, is defined as a spicy blend of pickled cabbage or fermented vegetables.]

What are the chances you'd ever tap back into softball for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

EMT: I feel like I have to step in a batting cage and see where I'm at. It's been a while. But I say ... why not?


Taylor, a California native, made her international debut as a silver medalist at the FIBT World Championships 2009, then first appeared on the Olympics stage the following year. She also placed second at the 2013 FIBT competition.