Taylor Spivey was born and raised in California and spent her early years focused on surf lifesaving — winning several national titles — before transitioning to triathlon her senior year of college. Since 2016, she’s been a member of the USA Triathlon National Team and had her best-ever season in 2019 with two World Triathlon Series (WTS) podium placings and a fourth-place overall ranking in the WTS.
In 2017, Spivey earned silver medals at the WTS Leeds race and the Madrid and Miyazaki World Cup races. In 2018, Spivey raised the tape in Weihai, China, for her first World Cup win and earned the overall victory at Super League Mallorca. She achieved six top-10 placings in WTS racing and earned a silver medal for Team USA at the Edmonton Mixed Team Relay.
In 2019, Spivey continued her upward trajectory, finishing fourth overall in the WTS, including a second-place finish at WTS Abu Dhabi and a third-place finish at WTS Yokohama. She also competed for Team USA in the mixed team relay on two occasions in 2019, including earning a silver medal with the team at WTS Abu Dhabi.
FOURTH-RANKED TRIATHLETE IN THE WORLD 2019
SECOND PLACE WTS ABU DHABI 2019
SECOND PLACE MIXED TEAM RELAY ABU DHABI 2019
THIRD PLACE WTS YOKOHAMA 2019
FIRST PLACE AT WORLD CUP WEIHAI 2018
My first world series podium in 2017 at WTS Leeds. It gave me the confidence I needed when I was full of self-doubt. It was a fundamental steppingstone in my progression as an athlete.
I don’t have any because of travel demands and allergies, but my boyfriend gave me a stuffed animal owl named Tutu.
“Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts
Homemade protein balls filled with Science in Sport REGO powder and chocolate chips
FAVORITE MOMENT IN HISTORY
My first kiss with my boyfriend, Vincent Luis (so cheesy)
MOST HUMBLING MOMENT
Growing up in the surf lifesaving racing community, I was always challenged by the other athletes and older kids around me. This humbled me throughout my childhood, as I was never the best at anything. But as I look back, this was formative to my drive to be better later on in life. I worked harder and had more grit as I matured. I could never be complacent. I had to push myself for years before I saw a glimpse of any success. This taught me that success doesn’t come easy. It’s a cumulative total of little moments in time that have made me stronger in the long run. This work ethic has kept me humble ever since.
GROWING UP, I WANTED TO BE …
A fashion designer
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