Olympian Angelo Taylor joins Georgia athletes traveling to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The 33-year-old graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School in DeKalb County is already a two time Olympic gold medal winner in the 400 meter hurdles. When Taylor hits the track in London, he has the drive and determination to not only bring home another gold medal, but make history.
Angelo Taylor is going for his third gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles which would make him the first person to do so. The only other Olympians to reach gold twice in this event have been Edwin Moses (1976, 1984) and Glenn Davis (1956, 1960). Taylor says he feels confident and ready. The Metro Atlanta native decided he really wanted to compete on a world level after Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympic Games.
Taylor told S2SMagaizine.com, “Being from Atlanta, Georgia, having the Olympic Games come to my backyard really inspired me. “[And] just a mere four years later I’m participating…I felt like I was on top of the world. It was such a surreal experience…Such a surreal feeling.”
Angelo Taylor went on to win gold in the 400 hurdles in Sydney, Austria in the 2000 Olympic Games, and the gold in the 400 hurdles in Beijing, China’s 2008 Olympic Games.
Taylor is number four in the world and number two in the United States in the 400 meter hurdles event. He qualified for a slot on the U.S. team with a second place win earlier this month during the Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Gold medalist Angelo Taylor actually makes his fourth appearance at Olympic Games. The world event kicks off July 27, 2012 and end August 12, 2012.