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Taylor Talbot



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T13, F13

Further personal information

Athlete, Student

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began participating in athletic competitions at age four in Nyssa, OR, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She was influenced by her parents, who were both athletes.
Name of coach
Joaquim Cruz [personal], USA
Training Regime
Her coach Joaquim Cruz trains her via email, Skype and phone calls as he lives in California, United States of America. She also makes use of a weightlifting coach and dietician.

General interest

Music. (Behind My Blue Eyes YouTube Channel, 01 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
US Para sprinter Kym Crosby. (, 02 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you work really hard and believe in yourself, you can overcome so much and go on to do great things." (, 02 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was named a Paralympic All-American by the Oregon School Activities Association in the United States of America. The honour was in recognition of her commitment in the classroom and on the track. (, 02 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives
Her parents Ron and Stacie competed in athletics while they were at university. (, 02 Jul 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 10 Aug 2021)
She lost her vision at age eight. (, 02 Jul 2019)
Other information
She uses other cues while she is competing to make up for her vision impairment. "When I'm on the block, I've got my head down. I can only see the colour of the track and can't see the lines. I can only hear and feel things, it's like having tunnel vision. I don't think I ever see the finish line in a race. Most of the time I just feel it, there's like the corner of the finish line, or sometimes I hear it when the crowd cheers and gets loud. For the long jump, I already have my steps measured. I have to figure out my mark on the runway, so I make sure I'm right in the middle. I run down the runway and count my steps and jump. Honestly, I can't see the board either. All I can see is the colour of the sky, so I'll take seven strides. Sometimes I'm right on or way behind." (, 02 Jul 2019)

She was the final name to be announced on the United States of America team for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, only to be told the next day that her inclusion was an error. She was later reinstated, first as an alternate and then via a direct invite. "The committee said they had made a mathematical error and I was not on the team. In one moment, they crushed my dream. I was embarrassed and very hurt by the mistake they made. I didn't know I'd qualify for Tokyo, be taken off the team the next day, become first alternate, and then make the team again. I couldn't have gotten through this without my God, my friends, family, teammates, and the thousands of people I didn't even know who sent up prayers for me. The IPC gave me a direct invitation to compete at the Games by giving the US one more slot." (, 02 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 19 Jul 2021)