Fantastic journey: Katie Taylor's road to gold
1986Born in Bray, Co Wicklow.
Was named Wicklow League Player of the Year in football and became the first girl to play in the under-13 Kennedy Cup in Limerick.
At 15 she made Irish boxing history when she fought in the first officially sanctioned women’s bout ever held in the country. She beat 16-year-old Alanna Audley of Belfast 23-12 in three rounds.
Won the European Amateur Championships in Norway.
Beat reigning world champion Tatiana Chalaya of Russia to win the European Amateur Championships in Poland.
Became world amateur champion for the first time in India and made her senior international soccer debut against Switzerland at Richmond Park having been capped at underage level.
Won her third successive European Championship title in Denmark and was named the Irish Times/VHI Healthcare Sportswoman of the Year.
Won gold at the European Union Championships in Liverpool before retaining her World title in China. Named Female Boxer of the Year by the International Boxing Association and Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year for 2008.
Beat Pan-American champion Caroline Barry on the undercard of Bernard Dunne’s world title fight against Ricardo Cordoba at the O2 in Dublin. Went on to win her fourth successive European Championship title in Ukraine.
She won another gold at the European Union Championships in Hungary before claiming her third successive World title in Barbados. Was again named World female boxer of the year by the International Boxing Association.
Won European Union Championships gold again in Poland before retaining her European Amateur Championships title in Rotterdam.
Won her fourth successive World title in China. And then there were the Olympics . .