Taimour Firaz Khan

World Trade Center

'He Cannot Be Taken Down'

As a child in Woodbury, N.Y., Taimour Khan doggedly practiced his BMX bike tricks until he could balance on his front tire, on his back tire, and even essay long bunny hops. One day he raced his brother Shaan so fiercely down Fairbanks Boulevard that their pedals tangled, they crashed, and went flying "for 20 yards," Shaan said. Later, although Taimour weighed but 150 pounds and stood 5 feet 11 inches tall, his determination propelled him to the captaincy of the Syosset High School football team and a celebrated 90-yard touchdown run. It was this drive that made Mr. Khan, 29, a commodity futures trader at Carr Futures, heading his own desk on the 90th floor of 1 World Trade Center. "He has the determination to be a really major player," his brother said, "and he cannot be taken down. I know that he's going to make it."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 16, 2001.

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