Taylor Knibb is a member of the New York Yankees organization. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2010 and has since made his way to the major leagues. His father, Terry Knibbs, played for the Boston Red Sox from 1984-1990.
Taylor Knibb, Cornell University.
Taylor Knibb is an American triathlete who will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the triathlon. The 23-year-old is a native of South Dakota. Knibb is a first-time Olympian, competing in the women’s race with Summer Rappaport and Katie Zaferes. She is the youngest woman to ever be selected for the US Olympic Women’s Triathlon Team.
Knibb, a swimmer and cross country runner at Cornell University, grew raised in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the Sidwell Friends School. According to her Cornell Big Red biography, she is the daughter of Leslie and Robert Knibb and has one brother, Jack.
Knibb told TeamUSA.org, “I believe I dealt with the pressure in a bad manner last year and really pushed myself into everything.” “Academically, this was definitely one of the most difficult semesters of my life. I was swimming a lot, jogging with Cornell, and doing a lot of other things. Then it dawned on me that I probably wouldn’t have been prepared. By acknowledging that, I’ve figured out what I want to do differently this year, and I believe I’ve put myself up for success.”
What you should know about Taylor Knibb and her family is as follows:
1. Leslie Knibb, Knibb’s mother, is a triathlete, coach, and professor, while her father, Bob Knibb, is the co-founder of a D.C. investment firm.
Family Knibb Taylor Knibb with her mother, Leslie Knib, a fellow triathlete.
Knibb comes from a long line of triathletes. According to a 2016 Wall Street Journal story, her mother, Leslie Knibb, competes in triathlons and teaches triathletes. Taylor Knibb, a freshman at Cornell at the time, and her mother had already participated in ten races together. “Every now and again, I wonder whether I’m crazy,” Leslie Knibb told the newspaper. I’m sure a lot of my female friends aren’t doing it. [Taylor] and I exchange a glance that says, ‘I’m not insane, are you?’
According to the DC Triathlon Club’s website, Leslie Knibb is also a member. “I’ve been loving triathlons on and off for the past 27 years,” she told the site, recalling being persuaded by an old lover to participate in Mrs. T’s Pierogies’ Chicago Triathlon in 1992. Working full-time restricted my training and racing to sprints and Olympic-distance triathlons, but I went up to 70.3 and Ironman lengths after adopting the adage “when you can’t go faster, go longer.” I also began coaching in 2012 and worked with adults, as well as some local elite youth (ages 13-15) and junior (16-19yrs old) triathletes for three years, and I worked for the USAT Mid-Atlantic paratriathlon committee from 2014 to 2018, supporting local paratriathletes and launching a race series in 2017.”
According to the college’s website, Leslie Knibb is also an adjunct teacher of health studies at American University. According to his LinkedIn page, Knibb’s father, Bob Knibb, is the co-founder and partner of Washington Equity Partners, an investing company.
2. Knibb’s brother, Jack Knibb, is a Cornell University student who was a high school runner.
Breakfast with Bob 2021 is a game by Taylor Knibb. When Taylor Knibb, 23, won the last U.S. Olympic qualification in Yokohama, Japan, she became the youngest American triathlete to make an Olympic squad. Taylor completed her first triathlon at the age of 11 and hasn’t looked back. What a pleasure it was to speak with Taylor! #USATriathlon2021-05-24T17:15:57Z #SummerOlympics
Taylor Knibb’s brother, Jack Knibb, is a Cornell University student who raced track at Sidwell Friends High School in Washington, D.C. According to his LinkedIn page, Jack Knibb will graduate from Cornell in 2022.
“My parents Robert and Leslie Knibb have always been extremely supportive of whatever my brother Jack and I do,” Taylor Knibb told Slow Twitch. They are aware that I already have high expectations of myself, so they do not put any more pressure. My mother instills in me a strong sense of humility. Someone will always be smarter, quicker, prettier, or more attractive than you, and everything in life may change drastically in an instant.”
3. Knibb grew up in a “family” atmosphere at Cornell as a two-sport athlete, and the university is in her blood.
Taylor Knibb was born and raised in Ithaca, New York. She and her brother both attended an Ivy League institution, following in their mother’s footsteps. According to Taylor Knibb’s profile on the Cornell Big Red website, her mother graduated from Cornell in 1985. According to her mother’s bio, “her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Vera Simon, two cousins, Caroline and Peter Simon, and three uncles, Ernie, Joseph, and Wally Simon” also attended Cornell.
Knibb’s coaches and teammates informed the Cornell Sun that she was a member of a “family” while she was on the track team. “She has a concentrated yet joyful attitude, and she is a great team player,” teammate Gracie Todd told the newspaper. She always encourages the squad to stay together, which has a significant effect on our team culture, particularly on race day.”
“I was nearly too competitive for my own good,” Knibb told TeamUSA.org. My mother never forced me to do anything. If anything, I had to battle for each and every little race I wanted to enter, and I had to explain why. If I misbehaved, I was not permitted to participate in swim practice. So, I suppose my parents forced me to participate in sports because they wanted me to.”
4. Knibb credited her parents and family for assisting her in achieving her success.
Knibb has thanked her parents and family with assisting her in achieving her achievement and has said that they were instrumental in her achieving her Olympic goal at such a young age. “My mum raced a lot when I was younger, and my dad would often take us to cheer her on,” she told Slow Twitch. I wanted to participate once I realized what I was seeing. So my mother found a kids race for my brother and me to participate in, and from there, I simply wanted to do more.”
“My folks have always been pretty active,” she said. My father would take my brother and me to events to support my mother, so I was introduced to running and triathlons at a young age. I wanted to be just like my mother in every way possible, so I ultimately decided to participate in races as well.”
“We ride together whenever it suits for both of our schedules/training plans,” Knibb told Slow Twitch about training with her mother, Leslie. I like working out with my mother. She always adds to the fun of the sessions. She isn’t hesitant to remind me of the small things, like how important it is to relax my elbows and shoulders when riding a bike. It’s not always what I want to hear at the time. But it’s the broader picture that I want to hear. When we’re visiting a new area or don’t have a scheduled exercise, going for a ride with her is particularly enjoyable. I recall playing a cat-and-mouse game with my friends on our bikes a few summers back. She’d give me a head start, and I needed to keep her at bay for as long as possible. I may be able to hold her off for a little longer now, but I never know with her. She’s a ruthless competitor!”
“They made the kids’ event very much like the adults’, where the day before you had to go to packet pickup and you received a wristband,” Knibb told TeamUSA.org of her early races. I had no idea what the wristband got me, but it was given to me by my mother at every event, so I thought, “This is great!” And for me, it was the most essential aspect of the race. Not the race, but the wristband.”
5. Knibb’s family and friends in the United States will be rooting for her.
Knibb’s family and friends will be watching her participate in her first Olympics in Tokyo from afar. She informed TeamUSA.org that she wants to make the U.S. women’s triathlon squad for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
“My greatest aim would be LA 2028,” Knibb added. I’ll be 30 years old, and I believe that’s when women reach their peak. And it would be a home Olympics, so it would be very memorable. I’d want to keep all of my choices open. I have no intention of retiring from the sport anytime soon. I’ve been the youngest for so long that I expect it to be even more unsettling when I’m no longer the youngest. That will be the wakeup call if I ever become the oldest member of the National Team.”
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