As hard as it may be to believe, there is a Georgian in the Winter Olympics.
For a Georgia girl with an aversion to the cold, bobsledder Elana Meyers has relished her two weeks so far in the mild climes of . . . Vancouver?
As the Canadian city has sweated through 50-degree, snow-starved days, much to the anguish of the Winter Games populace, here is one misfit whose Olympics adventure has been enhanced by the relative heat wave.
“It’s been great weather, sunny and gorgeous, which makes for wonderful bobsled weather,” Meyers, whose closet lacked a winter coat until she taste-tested the northern-influenced sport just 2 1/2 years ago, said via e-mail.
A fortnight of waiting finally over, the lone metro Atlantan amid the U.S. Olympians is primed for her four implausible trips during the last of the Winter competitions to begin.
On Tuesday, she will ascend to the course starting area, silently recite the biblical passage from Psalm 118:6 (“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man to do to me?”), ritually wiggle the USA-2 sled formerly known as Pinky, and get a pat on the back and a “let’s go!” from partner Erin Pac.
However, Pac, the team driver and a Farmington, Conn., native, was diagnosed Saturday with a strained left hamstring that could compromise the sled’s chances.
I really enjoy the bobsled competition so I’ll be watching and cheering.