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Meet Elizabeth Baker

Aug. 30, 2016, 4:08 p.m. (ET)

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Age: 42
Hometown: Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Sport class: PT5
Current ranking: 11 

Career highlights: 1st, 2016 Penrith ITU World Paratriathlon Event, Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships; 2nd, 2016 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event, 2015 Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon Event, USA Paratriathlon National Championships

From the beginning, Elizabeth Baker wanted to be an IRONMAN. Like the motto she lives by, Baker believed she could, so she did. And the perseverance paid off. The mother of two reached her long course goals and is now poised for success as she toes the line in Rio on Sept. 11. What’s a typical day like for Baker? Chaos. From helping her children get ready for school to working from home, doing physical therapy chart reviews, to squeezing in two hours of training before the kids get home — then it’s off to a sporting event. While her life is often hectic, she hasn’t let that slow her down. “Don’t ever let your fears or anxieties keep you from pursuing anything in life,” Baker says.

Fun Facts
  • Diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a juvenile form of macular degeneration, at age 16, which led to her loss of vision
  • Completed her first IRONMAN at age 40, finishing in 11:43:40 and winning her division
  • Raced in her first triathlon, a sprint, in 2003, and crashed three times
  • Has a Masters of Physical Therapy from Medical College of Georgia and worked as a physical therapist

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