DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- As Elana Meyers rounded the bend on the bobsled track in Sochi, her hometown fans in Douglasville, Ga. cheered her on.
Meyers is a former employee of Gold's Gym in Douglasville. General manager Steve Pacheco says Elana's original focus was softball, but when softball was no longer an Olympic sport, she turned her attention to bobsledding.
"She was a little disappointed, but she got right on it," said Pacheco. "She said, 'I just want to be an Olympian.' She, in some manner, found that there was a recruiting effort for a woman's bobsledder."
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Meyers worked out in and out of the gym. She sometimes had a friend put a truck in neutral and she'd push it up a hill 10 feet at a time.
Pacheco said that Elana was emotional when she came back with the bronze medal from the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"She is more than a role model for the community. For young women who aspire to greatness, she's just a perfect example," said Pacheco. "To have her from this little community -- known so well throughout the community, it's quite unique."
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