02/15/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/15/2021 12:27
From early indications, there were no doubts that Angelo Taylor had the potential to be a world-class athlete and he went on to prove it. Born in the southwest Georgia city of Albany, Taylor moved to Atlanta at an early age and became a star in football, basketball, and track at Southwest Dekalb High School. But Track is where he excelled. In his junior year, he won three individual championships at the Georgia Olympics In Jefferson claiming the 300-meter hurdles, the 400-meter run, and the triple jump. He was even better as a senior leading Southwest DeKalb to its second straight state title. He won state titles in the 400-meter dash, 300-meter hurdles, and the triple jump and was a member of the winning 4×400 and the 4x 100 relay teams. He was also on the Panthers state championship-winning football team. In addition to his high school athletic accomplishments, he was a four-time honor roll student in high school.
He continued his track and field dominance after enrolling at Georgia Tech. As a freshman in the ACC Indoor Championships, he won the 400-meter hurdles and was the anchor leg on the winning 4×400 relay team. As a sophomore, he won the ACC Indoor 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles and was on the winning 4 x 400 relay team. Taylor continued his winning ways winning the NCAA 400 meter outdoor championships before leaving Tech in 1999 to pursue a professional track career. While a member of the Yellow Jacket track team he was named All-American.
While he enjoyed some success on the pro circuit, he was most productive for the U.S. in the Olympic games. In the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia he won a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles. He was also on the U.S. team in 2004 but the best he could muster was a 4th place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in the semi-finals But he made the team again in 2008 and responded by winning gold medals in the 400 medal hurdles and was on the winning 4×440 relay team. His final Olympic appearance came in 2012, and even though he didn't medal, he served as the team captain of the U.S.Track and Field team.
In addition to his gold medal-winning success in the Olympics, Taylor won golds competing for Uncle Sam in the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan in 2007 and Berlin, Germany in 2009, both as a member of the 4×400 winning relay teams. He also had a bronze medal performance in the 400 meters in Osaka.
Taylor is a member of the GeorgiaTech Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Tech Hall of Fame in 2009, the Albany Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.