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Kathleen
Baker
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 February 1997
Height
172 cm
Weight
67 kg
Residence
Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Studies - University of California: Berkeley, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively in 2005.
Why this sport?
She followed her older sister Rachel into the sport.
Club / Team
University of California Golden Bears [USA] / Team Elite [USA]:
Name of coach
Terri McKeever [Golden Bears], USA; David Marsh [Team Elite], USA

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (journalnow.com, 12 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and her high school coach Joe Ryne. (journalnow.com, 26 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2017 College Swimming Coaches Association of America [CSCAA] National Swimmer of the Year. (calbears.com, 30 Jul 2017)

She was presented with the key to the city in Winston-Salem, NC, United States of America, in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (calbears.com, 30 Jul 2017)

In January 2016 she was named the Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Month in the United States of America. (swimswam.com, 04 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
Her mother Kimberley and her older sister Rachel have competed in swimming at university level in the United States of America. (usaswimming.org, 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (journalnow.com, 21 Aug 2016)
Other information
CROHN'S DISEASE
In February 2010 she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease. She underwent a number of different treatments to help control the condition, and has developed a routine that focuses on medication and diet to keep her body healthy. "I could never have trained and competed at the level I have the past few years if I hadn't been properly diagnosed and treated. Crohn's is a disease a lot of people have heard of but don't understand. I want to change that in every way I can." (usaswimming.org, 11 Nov 2016; nytimes.com, 15 Jul 2016)