Kathleen Baker: Overcoming Crohn’s Disease On The Way To Olympic Gold 

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Kathleen Baker: Overcoming Crohn’s Disease On The Way To Olympic Gold 

An Olympic gold medalist swimmer shares her story of Crohn’s disease.

The past few years have been a climb to the top for United States backstroker ​Kathleen Baker. She burst onto the scene in 2014 with a second place finish in the 200m backstroke at Phillips 66 Summer Nationals, enough to earn her a bid on the U.S. Pan Pacific team that summer. She followed up her success in 2015 with an 8th place finish and a PR of 59.63 in the 100m backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

But it was 2016 that became the most important year of her career. She punched her ticket to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with the swim of her life at the U.S. Olympic Trials, posting a 59.29 — good for the second qualifying spot. In Rio, she blew away everyone’s expectations by posting the top qualifying time in prelims, and then again repeating the act in semifinals. In the final, she lowered her best time to 58.75 and touched for silver behind Hungary’s ​Katinka Hosszu. She also swam for the U.S. 4x100m medley relay, winning a gold medal in the process.

Read full article: Kathleen Baker: Overcoming Crohn’s Disease On The Way To Olympic Gold | FloSwimming

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