Imitation may be the best compliment, so Angelo Taylor’s channeling Edwin Moses. The comparisons have already been made. Angelo Taylor has matched Moses for Olympic appearances (4) and seeks to surpass him with a third Olympic – Gold medal in London. According to Taylor, “When a person picks an activity, at some point you aspire to be like or even one day exceed what the greats have done.”
As far as hair, we have seen a few variations from Angelo Taylor over the years. This is to be expected, given Taylor’s long tenure as an elite athlete. The beard is substantially more facial hair than usual for Taylor; mind you, he does this with a purpose. Taylor has said that the full beard is a quiet tribute to Edwin Moses, a legend in track and field.
Hall of Fame Profile – Edwin Moses (USA)
The prestigious American periodical Track and Field News named Edwin Moses an outstanding 400m hurdler of the 20th century and there are few who would disagree with that choice.
Moses won gold medals at the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games and would have been the prohibitive favorite to triumph in Moscow had the United States not boycotted the 1980 Olympics.
Between 1977 and 1987 – for nine years, nine months and nine days – Moses was undefeated, won 107 consecutive finals in his event (122 consecutive races in total) and caused the 400m hurdles world record to be revised four times.