USA Swimming Introduces 2016 Olympic Team: Kathleen Baker

Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

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In the video series introducing the 2016 Olympic team, an excited Kathleen Baker revealed the energy the rookies are bringing this summer.

The nineteen year old spoke a bit about her superstitions surrounding swim meet attire, which usually includes “blue sparkle Uggs” and pearl earrings.

She also reflected on what it meant to have shared her battle with Chron’s disease in a recently published New York Times piece.

Baker revealed how competitive she was at a young age, refusing to even hang up her red, second place ribbons. At Olympic Trials, second place was enough, as Baker secured her spot on the Olympic team in the 100 backstroke. The rookie will head to Rio with the seventh fastest time in the world this year.

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  1. avatar
    Nancy reed

    Kathleen Baker: I was wondering what medical treatment helped you w/ your illness. My son is 19 and has colitis but tests have not ruled out that it could be crohn’s. Dr. Tell him it has nothing to do wth diet, remicade is failing and I’m desperate for advise from others who suffer w same illness. When it’s bad, he struggles with pain, energy and focus and your accomplishment offers hope as he pursues his goals. Good luck to you and thanks for inspiring others.