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Birthplace: Aurora, Colo.
Hometown: Larkspur, Colo.
Current Residence: Princeton, N.J.
Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center – Princeton
Began Rowing: Yale University, 2006
Date of Birth: 9/4/1988
High School: Douglas County High School
Undergraduate Education: Yale University, History, 2010
Training Location: Princeton, N.J.
Current Coach: Tom Terhaar
Years on National Team: Four – 2009-10, Under 23; 2010-12, Senior
International Results: Won silver in the eight at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup I...Won gold in the eight at the 2012 Olympic Games...Won gold and set a world record (5:54.17) in the heat in the eight at the Samsung World Rowing Cup II...Won bronze in the pair at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup I...Won gold in the eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships...Took bronze in the pair at the 2011 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne...Won the Remenham Challenge Cup and set the course record at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta...Won gold in the eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships...Won gold in the eight at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships…Finished second in the eight at the 2009 World Rowing Under 23 Championships…Finished second in the Remenham Challenge Cup at the 2009 Royal Henley Regatta…Won the Elite Eight Sports Council Cup at the 2009 Henley Women’s Regatta.
National Results: Finished second in the pair at the 2012 National Selection Regatta #1…Finished fourth in the pair at the 2011 National Selection Regatta #2...Won the eight at the 2010 USRowing National Championships…Won the varsity eight at the 2010 NCAA Championships…Finished fourth in the varsity eight at the 2009 NCAA Championships…Won the varsity eight at the 2008 NCAA Championships…Finished third in the collegiate division at the 2008 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Championships…Won the varsity eight at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Personal: Taylor is a Shields Fellow at the National Rowing Foundation...She enjoys running, swimming and reading…She was a First-Team DI All-American from 2008-10…Taylor lists her most memorable sporting achievement as winning the varsity eight at the 2010 NCAA Championships…Taylor’s grandfather was the head coach of the Denver Broncos…She lists her parents and her grandfather as her personal heroes…Taylor would like to pursue a career in finance or non-profit work.