Name: Elizabeth Marks
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, Women's 200m IM
Classification: S6, SB6, SM6
Height: 5-5
Weight: 125
DOB: 8/7/1990
Birthplace: Ariz.
Hometown: Prescott Valley, Ariz.
High School: Arizona Project Challenge (Queen Creek, Ariz.) ‘07
Team/Club: United States Resident Team
Coach(es): Nathan Manley
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016); Two-time medalist (1 gold, 1 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold (100m breast), bronze (24 pt. 4x100m medley relay), 8th (100m back)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – gold (100m back) 5th (100m breast)
  • Years of Participation: 2019
  • Medals: 1 (1 gold)
  • Gold – 2019 (100m back)
Other Career Highlights
  • Recipient of the Pat Tillman Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards
  • 2016 Invictus Games, gold (50m free, 50m back, 50m breast, 100m free)
  • Entered Rio as the world record holder in the women’s SB7 50m breast (41.21)
Personal: SFC Elizabeth Marks joined the Army in 2008, shortly after her 17th birthday, continuing a family legacy of military service...While on assignment in Iraq as a combat medic, she sustained bilateral hip injuries...It wasn’t until 2012, almost 2 years after injury, while recovering and trying to be found “fit for duty” when she discovered an unrealized gift for competitive swimming...Six months later she was accepted into the US ARMY World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and found fit for duty as a 68w Combat Medic...Since then she has continued to participate and push herself to excel in a sport she has grown to love...In 2014 Marks became rapidly ill while in London for the inaugural Invictus Games and was placed onto ECMO life support for respiratory failure, a life salvage operation...On July 11th 2017 after years of battling chronic regional pain syndrome, caused by her original injuries and her stent on ECMO, Marks underwent left below the knee amputation. ...Daughter of James Marks…Father James, who also served, is her hero