Tai Babilonia: Breaking Barriers

Inspired by figure skater Peggy Fleming at age 6, Tai Babilonia broke barriers as the first figure skater of partial African American descent to compete for the United States at Olympics and win world titles.

 

20Tai Babilonia isn’t your ordinary figure skater. In a sports career that has spanned over 42 years, Tai has accomplished great competitive heights and garnered accolades that include the 1979 World Figure Skating Championship, won with her partner Randy Gardner. Together, Tai and Randy also added five consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships to their long list of achievements.

A lifelong inspiration to women in the ice industry, we were thrilled when Tai shared with us her own inspirations behind her diverse journey.

“There’s no such thing as a rehearsal, every day is a show.”

You’ve been lucky to have a lot of influential women in your life. Can you share some words of wisdom from them?

TB: Words of wisdom that I learned from my Grandmother, Marjorie Babilonia: “Love many, trust few & always paddle your own canoe.”

Who inspires you?

TB: I’m inspired by Cleo Babilonia — my mother, Maya Angelou, Chita Rivera, Tina Turner & Stevie Nicks.

Learn more about Tai by visiting her official website: taibabilonia.com.

Photo : Michael Sparks Keegan, Photographer

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