Talbott was a member of the American tug of war team that refused to compete against the Liverpool Police team after the first round of the controversial Olympic tug of war event. He also participated as a wrestler in the freestyle heavyweight event but was eliminated in the first round after losing his bout to the upcoming gold medalist, Con O'Kelly. He is the only athlete to compete in three sports at one Olympic Games celebration.
In 1909 he won the hammer throw in the Amateur Athletic Union championship, and in 1909 and 1915 he was the champion in the 56-lb. weight throw. Between 1909 and 1917 Talbott won 20 medals at the Amateur Athletic Union championships in the shot put, discus throw, hammer throw, and the 56-lb. weight throw.