World’s greatest returns to Tyrone

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Sandy Creek High School alum Christian Taylor, a two-time gold medal winner in the triple jump at the Olympics, speaks to his old school at an assembly Friday morning. Below, Taylor shows off his two gold medals. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

3Christian Taylor may have traveled the world winning championships, but he never forgets where we came from. Taking a break from his training in Amsterdam, the reigning world and Olympic champion in the triple jump visited Sandy Creek High School and Burch Elementary Friday morning.
At Sandy Creek, Taylor was met by a packed gymnasium, entering with the accompaniment of the school’s band playing the Olympic theme.
“I’ve been in front of 60,000 people, but I’ve got goosebumps from the love I’ve felt,” Taylor said to the crowd at Sandy Creek.
He said that no matter where he is competing, he tries “to put Fayette County on my back.” He thanked his teachers and coaches who helped him along the way and inspired him to work harder. Most importantly, he stressed the importance of schoolwork, because athletics won’t always be there.
“No matter how fast you run or how far you jump, you’re only one injury away.”
After winning gold at the London Olympics in 2012 and again in Rio this summer, Taylor isn’t done aiming high, saying he plans to win again in Tokyo in four years. Likewise, he wants his fellow Patriots to aim for the stars.
“I challenge you guys to never stop dreaming big.”

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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