'God Has a Plan': Bobsledding Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor Wins Silver Medal


Elana Meyers Taylor has won the silver the silver medal in Women's Bobsledding at the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

Her husband Nic Taylor has been by her side at the Olympics, competing as an alternate on the men's team. This power couple has more than sports in common, they also love Jesus a lot. 

Taylor met her husband in 2011 at a Bible study near the US Olympic Training Center in New York. Their friendship blossomed over time into a Christ-centered relationship.

Eventually, Nic proposed, but before they got married they committed to doing one act of faith -- get baptized together.

"Nic got baptized first,"  Ryan Schneider, head pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church, told FCA Magazine. "Then he helped me baptize Elana. It was really a powerful statement."

Nic has been supporting Elana ever since in her Olympic career. This year in PyeongChang, Elana is competing for her third Olympic medal. She won a bronze medal at the Vancouver olympics in 2010, and a silver medal in Sochi in 2014. 

Nic has been a faithful trainer for Elana throughout her entire training period. 

Schneider, the pastor who baptized them, said Nic's decision to help her in this way is a clear reflection of God's love.

"That's the perfect picture of a husband loving his wife like Christ loved the church," Schneider said. "It's just a picture of the Gospel. If God is giving her the success, you help her first, and then you think about yourself."

Elana has a lot of pressure on her as leader of the women's bobsledding team but she's putting her faith in God.

"We're talking about the Olympics. We're talking about trying to win the gold medal. All of these things can be overwhelming," Taylor said in a 2016 interview. "But regardless of whether I win a gold medal or never compete again, I just have to trust that God has a plan for my life and I'm called to be his representative through the sport and outside of the sport."

Follow Elana Meyers Taylor on Twitter at @eamslider24.

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