Taylor Marie Houchin was born on February 13, 1998 in Springfield, Missouri. She is the youngest of two children and she has an older brother, Zack. Currently, Taylor is a junior at Mizzou High School, a homeschooled program based in Columbia, Missouri. She will graduate from high school in the spring of 2016.
At the age of two, Taylor's parents enrolled her into a dance class, but Taylor did not like it, so they decided to give gymnastics a try. Taylor started her gymnastics career at Gold Medal Gymnastics in Republic, MO. She has been training under coaches Cash McGowen and Sara McGowen her whole gymnastics career.
As a level 5 gymnast in 2006, Taylor finished second in the all-around, first on uneven bars and floor exercise at the Winter Invitational. At the Level 5 State Championships, she won the all-around title. She moved up to level 6 for the 2007 season. Taylor finished second in the all-around at the GymQuarters Invitational. At the Level 6 State Championships, Taylor placed seventh in the all-around and fifth on vault and uneven bars. In 2008 as a level 7 gymnast, Taylor made the Judges Cup National Team where she finished fifth in the all-around and first on uneven bars at the National Judges Cup. At the IGI Chicago Style, Taylor finished third in the all-around, first on uneven bars and second on balance beam.
Taylor started competing level 8 in 2009. She began her season at the Rising Stars, where she tied for the second place in the all-around. She also placed first on vault and floor exercise as well as second on uneven bars. She traveled to Plano, Texas for the WOGA Classic where she placed fifth in the all-around. At the Missouri Winter Games, Taylor took a bronze medal in the all-around and two more medals on vault and uneven bars. Taylor traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for the St. Louis Classic, finishing third in the all-around, second on vault and first on floor exercise. Taylor won the all-around title with a 37.750 at the GymQuarters Invitational. She also took home two gold medals and a silver medal on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. At the Level 8 State Championships in Columbia, Missouri, Taylor finished fourth in the all-around and first on balance beam and made the Region IV Super 8 Team. At the Region 4 Championships, Taylor placed seventh in the all-around, third on floor exercise and second on vault and uneven bars.
As a level 9 gymnast, Taylor started her 2009-2010 season at the Winter Invitational, where she won the all-around title as well as first on balance beam and floor exercise. At the Blues & BBQ Invitational, she finished first in the all-around and first on uneven bars and floor exercise. Taylor then placed second on everything except for vault where she won the gold medal at the Eagles Invitational in Kansas City, Missouri. Taylor continued to dominate where she earned three gold medals including the all-around at the Level 9 State Championships. She also won a silver medal on balance beam. At the Region 4 Championships, Taylor once again won the all-around title as well as three more medals on vault (silver), uneven bars (bronze) and balance beam (gold). At the end of April, Taylor traveled to Des Moines, Iowa for the Level 9 Western Nationals where she finished 13th overall. She brought home a gold medal on vault scoring a 9.500.
In 2011, Taylor started her level 10 season at the Santa Invitational where she placed third in the all-around and first on balance beam. At the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas, Texas, she placed 11th overall and fifth on balance beam. Taylor then placed first on balance beam and fourth in the all-around at the Gateway Challenge. At the WOGA Classic, she finished ninth overall as well as third on floor exercise. At the end of March, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and a gold medal on uneven bars at the Level 10 State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, Taylor earned three bronze medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. There, she qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Long Beach, California where she finished impressive 10th in the all-around and third on balance beam out of 57 gymnasts! Taylor missed the 2012 season due to a broken foot.
Taylor started her 2013 season at the Rolling Thunder Invitational where she swept the gold medals. At the Metroplex Challenge, she placed third in the all-around and first on balance beam. She earned gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the IGI Chicago Style. At the Missouri Winter Games, she placed first in the all-around with a 37.675 as well as first on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She swept the gold medals at the Branson Classic with the all-around score of 37.550. At the State Championships, Taylor finished second in the all-around as well as second on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. She had a great meet at the Region 4 Championships where she placed first in the all-around with a 37.875. She also finished second on vault and balance beam and third on uneven bars. She concluded her season at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota, finishing 26th overall. Taylor followed her coaches to New York in March 2014.
In 2014, Taylor grabbed gold medals on vault, balance beam and in the all-around with a 37.500 at the State Championships. At the Region 6 Championships, Taylor placed first on balance beam and in the all-around and second on vault, qualifying to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Jackson, MS. At the Nationals, Taylor finished 13th on balance beam, but could not finish the meet due to an injury she suffered during her second event on floor.
Taylor trains 24 hours per week at Missouri Valley Gymnastics in St. Ozark, MO under coach Debbie Ward. Taylor is preparing for the upcoming 2015 season where she hopes to qualify to the JO Nationals in Des Moines, IA. Her long-term goal is to obtain a college scholarship to a Division 1 school.