The Olympic spotlight is extremely bright but cruelly brief.
It shines on an event, and that event’s mostly anonymous athletes, for a few days before zooming to the next.
Win a gold medal? You might earn another day before the spotlight leaves you dark.
Win a silver, and you fade even faster. And the viewing public will have barely learned your name, let alone everything you have battled to reach the Olympic Games.
In the case of Elana Meyers, that is truly a shame.
The Douglasville, Ga. native is an inspiration, someone who may not have won a gold medal, but is so worthy of the golden spotlight.
Meyers, despite standing on gold’s doorstep, took silver Wednesday night. The 29-year-old, alongside partner Lauryn Williams held the lead in women’s bobsled through three of four heats. Only in their final run did they make one costly mistake – bumping a wall on an early curve – to fall into second place. The headline, for some, may read: “USA Women’s Bobsledder Loses Lead, Misses Out on Gold”.
That may be a correct headline, but it is not the right one.