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Angelo Taylor To Enter Georgia Sports Hall Of Fame This Weekend

By Maria Boynton

February 22, 2018 - 10:24 pm

Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Angelo Taylor says it was the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta that set him on the path to becoming an Olympian. "That was when I really set my goals to try to compete to become an Olympian." The Decatur, GA native says those Games, in his own backyard, really inspired him. 

As a senior at Southwest DeKalb High School, at the time, Taylor says, "I was participating in 3 sports, football, basketball, and track." He says the experience of going through the college recruitment process allowed him the opportunity to determine which sport to choose.  "I decided to take a track scholarship to Georgia Tech."

There were already two highly-regarded runners at Tech, Derrick Atkins had just won the Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles, and Derek Mills, also an Olympic Gold Medalist on the 4x400 Relay, was a Tech grad and also trained there. "These were two people that I  looked up to, they were right in my backyard, and they were two people that I knew that I could go there and train with, pick their brains, and learn from them."

He knew then what he wanted to do.

"Leaving high school, watching the Olympic Games, and going to Georgia Tech and training with Olympians, that's when I made up my mind that this is what I wanted to do." He says it was after watching the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that he became determined to make the 2000 Olympic Games.

He went on to win the 400-meter hurdles at the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

Now retired, Taylor says, "I had a phenomenal experience."

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is not Taylor's first HOF. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.  He will be inducted into GSHF this weekend along with Champ Bailey, Arthur Blank, Tom Cousins, Tracy Rocker, Chris Haack, Terri Moody Hancock, and Kenny "Sky" Walker.

The inductees are expected at a free Fan Fest beginning at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. The induction ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. at the City Auditorium.  Those interested in purchasing tickets can visit the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Website.

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