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Elana Meyers Taylor out due to concussion effects from last year

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Olympic bobsled medalist and World champion driver Elana Meyers Taylor is off the World Cup tour for at least one race while seeking treatment for the long-term effects of a concussion.

Meyers Taylor has been dealing with the injury for about a year. She was in Atlanta on Thursday to meet with doctors and resume treatment.

“It would almost be easier if I had a broken leg because then it’s something you can see and push through,” Meyers Taylor said, adding that she’s been racing at 70 percent while taking second at a World Cup in Winterberg, Germany, on Saturday, according to U.S. Bobsled. “This isn’t visible, so it’s lot harder to identify and fight through. I just know that I’m not at full speed right now.”

The silver medalist from the 2014 Sochi Games will miss the World Cup stop this weekend in Koenigssee, Germany. Her status remains unclear for the following race in early January in Lake Placid, N.Y.

USA Bobsled and Skeleton officials say the top priority is getting Meyers Taylor back to full healthy, with an eye on the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

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