Youth swimmers in Calhoun County got a special treat Thursday night. Professional swimmer Sgt. Elizabeth Marks stopped by the YMCA in Anniston to speak to the Calhoun County Blue Dolphins. The groups is about 50 members strong all eager to hear from Marks, who has an amazing backstory that led her to life in the water. After sustaining a hip injury while in Iraq serving in 2010, Marks took to the pool for rehab. Six months later, she was swimming professionally for the Army.
(Hear from Sgt. Elizabeth Marks on her inspiration, swimming professionally and the 2016 season in the featured video.)
Marks won four gold medals at the Invictus Games in June then won another gold and bronze at the Rio Paralympics Games. She spoke with TV24 Sports about her message of inspiration to young swimmers.
2016 has been a whirlwind year for Marks. Not only did the Arizona native win five gold medals, she also set a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke. Plus she took home an ESPY winning this year’s Pat Tillman award.
*ESPN Feature Story: http://www.espn.com/espnw/culture/feature/article/15702441/the-things-carries-story-paraswimmer-us-army-sergeant-elizabeth-marks
*Sgt. Elizabeth Marks accepts Pat Tillman award video: http://www.espn.com/espnw/video/17061300/
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Extra Video courtesy: We Are The Mighty