A clutch performer in the men’s triple jump, Christian Taylor scratched his first two jumps at the London Olympic Games before delivering in dramatic fashion and eventually winning the gold medal. In three years competing for the University of Florida, Christian Taylor was a 10-time NCAA All-American. But his career went to a new level when he won the 2011 World Outdoor title with the third best American performance of all-time. At age 21 he was the youngest jumper in the final. Within the 10 All-American honors includes three NCAA Championships (2010 outdoor triple jump; 2009 and 2010 indoor triple jump). Taylor has also won a total of eight SEC championships in the long jump, triple jump and 4x400m relay. His high school career was just as impressive. Competing for Sandy Creek High School, Taylor is the Georgia state record holder in the long jump (25-6), triple jump (52-0) and 400m (47.19). He was also selected the 2008 Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the state of Georgia. Taylor chose to forgo his last year of collegiate eligibility and sign with Li-Ning, a Chinese athletic company. He is coached by 2011 Nike Coach of the Year Rana Reider.
Which of your track and field achievements are you most proud of, and why?
The greatest achievement in my career at this time was winning the World Championships in 2011. It was my first time on the big stage and I was the underdog. It was my first time I truly got to represent my country, university, and city on the international stage. Something I am very proud of.
What is your greatest strength as a track and field athlete?
I believe it is the ability to sit with my coach and properly plan out a year ahead of time. Knowing what needs to be done both on and off the track. This preparation gives me the opportunity to compete at the best of my ability when it matters most.
What kind of impact do you want to make on the community through the Georgia Track Club?
Being a strong example to the future of the sport is very important to me. I was fortunate to have athletes like Dwight Phillips and Angelo Taylor to look up to when I was moving up the ladder. I strive to be a similar role model, as they were for me.