Olympian Elana Meyers gives GSU Commencement Speech

ATLANTA, Ga. -- It's an exciting day for college students all over Atlanta as they walk the stage and graduate!

One school in particular is getting a major shot of inspiration as a parting gift.

US Olympian Elana Meyers was the commencement speaker at Georgia State University and told 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross her best advice for the grads.

She wants the graduating class of 2014 to take risks!

"I love adventure, I love trying new things, and I really think that's how you're going to get to where you want to go in life by being open to new things and being open to new experiences," she said.

She says keeping an open mind lead her bobsled, and those bronze and silver medals in the Olympics.

She says it's all about taking a chance.

"The best advice I could give to the graduates of 2014 is just to enjoy life, that's how I approach my life, I go out and make decisions based on what I want my grandchildren to know based on these adventures," she said.

Her next adventure? Playing Ruby with the US Women's Team.

While she's already medaled twice in one Olympic Sport, she might just end up medaling in a second!

It's a big dream, and she wants the students of 2014 to go for their own medals.

"I remember my graduation, and that's such a magical time in your life, and at that point in time, the world is your oyster," she said.

Elana is taking her own advice.

After today's graduation speech, she's hoping on a plane to meet up with the Women's Rugby team in Amsterdam.


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