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Q: First off, huge congratulations to your Team CDR and you on earning a spot to compete at the CrossFit Games! You could see how emotional it was for you to qualify. What did it feel like after finding out you guys had qualified for the Games?
TD: Thank you! The whole weekend was a roller coaster of emotions. I felt nervous before each event, but overall I was filled with excitement while competing. The feeling of making it to the Games was surreal, literally a dream come true! Competing at the CrossFit Games is a goal I’ve strived to obtain since I started training in 2009 at the age of 19. After finishing 4th place in the California Region, I felt overwhelmed with love and support from friends and family. I felt like God was watching over us all weekend, and all the Glory goes to him. He has put so many people in my life that have impacted me in positive and negative ways, and without those people I couldn’t have achieved this goal. I felt thankful for the life lessons that have instilled perseverance to continue to pursue this goal despite all the odds.
Q: Your team had very consistent placing’s in every event at Regionals, what would you contribute that to? Do you think you are all very well rounded or round each other out as athletes?
TD: During training this season our coach hired Duke VanFleet to program our gymnastics, because this was our biggest weakness as a whole. We attacked that weakness and came a long way as a team. I believe that the attention to detail during training paid off because our coach never let us take the easy way out and it showed at Regionals. Our girls are all unique in that we have very different strengths. Nellie is 4’9” and a beast at gymnastics and all around moving weight for her body size. Lauren is the middle sized athlete and has an engine like no other, she finished 13th in the Open in the Southern California Region. I am 5’ 10” and hold the highest numbers in strength. Overall we balance each other out so well. The guys are built fairly similar.
Q: What do you think makes your team stand out from a lot of the other teams out there?
TD: The camaraderie between our team is amazing! We are truly a family and have had lots of ups and downs this year. We all hold each other accountable during training even it isn’t always easy as a friend, but it’s because we care and we really want to see every teammate achieve their true potential. Practices are typically not fun, but we find a way to embrace the pain together.
Q: Do you have one athlete that is the leader of the group or do you all contribute?
TD: Calvin is the Coach of Team CDR as well as an athlete. He most definitely fills the leader position. He ensures that we stick to the plan even when that means hours at the gym to get through all the work, 6 a.m. workouts during the weekend, training with ripped hands, or training when we are sore and tired. He makes us do things that we all initially say are impossible right off the bat, he pushes us past our mental capabilities and shows us that if we put our minds to it, we can accomplish anything we want.
Q: Now that Regionals are over, is there anything specific you take back to the drawing board to prep for the CrossFit Games?
TD: Going into the Games we will continue to work with Duke on gymnastics. In addition we have hired my old boss and lifelong friend/coach Shane Sweatt of CrossFit Conjugate to prepare us for the Games. He 100% is the best coach I have ever had and I am ecstatic to be training with him as our new strength and conditioning coach. I believe in him and the science behind the Conjugate methods derived from Louie Simmons’ Westside Barbell System. I know that he can take our team to a new level.
Q: At the CrossFit Games what can we expect to see from Team CDR?
TD: You can expect to see us looking good (our team is all about, “if you look good, you play good”) fighting hard, and having fun. Every single person on our team has so much heart and passion for this sport. We have all sacrificed so much to make this dream a reality and we are not going to Carson to waste our time or anyone else’s.
Q: After competing at the CrossFit Games what’s next for you?
TD: I have one more year left in the Marine Corps. I plan on making the most of that time and continuing to do what I love.
Thanks Taylor for your time and wishing your team the best of luck at the Games!
Learn more about Taylor and her accomplishments here.
Obviously Tay is as articulate yet humble as she is strong yet beautiful! A true inspiration to athletes from every walk of life throughout this country she defends! Brava, & Hoo-Rah! M.Dunn Go L.A. ReignPosted By Mike Dunn on 06/23/2016