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Taylor Knibb became the youngest ever woman to qualify for the US Olympic Triathlon Team in 2021 having been inspired to take up the sport as a child after watching her mum compete. Taylor watched in awe as her mother, Leslie, raced an Ironman and quickly decided swim-bike-run was for her. As it turned out she was hugely talented and would go on to make it her career.
After that first exposure to the sport, Taylor took part in a kid’s triathlon and developed her skills in high school as she ran cross-country and competed in swimming. She was named Washington D.C. Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and the D.C. State Athletic Association Runner of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 and became part of the USA Triathlon development programme.
Taylor enjoyed a glittering career as a junior in triathlon as well. Among her list of honours are 2015 and 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite national champion, 2015 ITU Junior World Championships silver medallist, 2016 and 2017 ITU Junior world champion and 2018 Under-23 World Champion. In the process she became one of just three women to win world titles at both Junior and Under-23 level.
Her breakthrough in the elite ranks was running in tandem as her incredible potential could not be held back from the world stage. She was the youngest woman to earn a podium at a WTS race when in 2017 she was second in Edmonton.
Taylor stunned the triathlon world in 2021 when she grabbed the win at the first WTCS event of the year in Yokohama, which earned her selection for the USA for the Tokyo Olympics, where she was part of the USA team that secured a silver medal in the Mixed Relay.
She is a 2020 graduate of Cornell, where she ran NCAA track and cross-country.
Taylor trains in Boulder, Colorado, with coach Ian O’Brien and the Origin Performance Squad.
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