Marks in 2016
|Born||August 7, 1990|
Prescott Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Elizabeth Marks (born August 7, 1990) is an American Paralympic breaststroke swimmer who specializes in the 100 m distance. She won a gold medal at the 2015 Military World Games and four gold medals at the 2016 Invictus Games, and donated one of her Invictus gold medals to the Games founder Prince Harry. She qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by clocking a time of with 1:28.54 at the U.S. trials, which was only 0.01 seconds short of the world record. She won an individual gold and a relay bronze medal at the Paralympics.
Marks joined the U.S. Army in July 2008 and earned military occupational specialty 68W, Health Care Specialist. While deployed in Iraq in 2010 she suffered bilateral hip injuries that left her disabled; she has a tattoo over most of her right leg. Later in 2014, during the 2014 Invictus Games, she contracted a severe respiratory infection, which forced doctors at Papworth Hospital to place her in a medically induced coma for one month.
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