Taylor’s career as an elite athlete spans well over a decade, and in that time he has won more than 23 national and international championship medals and a total of eight World Championships and Olympic medals. After he had a few off years in the mid-2000s he was working full-time as an electrician in addition to training. However, after he returned to the top with his 2008 Olympic gold, he was able to pick up sponsorships once again and return his focus to training.
In 1998, Taylor ran the fastest-ever time for a 19-year-old in the 400H. If he had been born two days later, his 47.90 at the 1998 USA Championships would have been a world junior record.
Taylor’s success on the track started at a young age. In addition to numerous state tiles, in 1996 Taylor won his first international hardware as he finished third at the World Junior Championships.
In 2000, Taylor won Olympic gold just four years after graduating from high school, at age 21. Both his parents ran, and his father played football at Albany State (Ga.). Taylor is the father of twin boys, born November 2004, Xavier and Isaiah, who often accompany him to the training track. Taylor also coaches their basketball team.