Elizabeth Marks
ParalympianPara Swimming

Elizabeth Marks

Paralympian 2016, 2020

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Aug 7, 1990


Colorado Springs, CO


Arizona Project Challenge

classification: S6

  • 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 two years after her injury, while recovering and trying to be found “fit for duty,” that 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
  • Daughter of James Marks, who also served and is her hero
  • Married to Mason Heibel
  • 2016 ESPY Pat Tillman Award Recipient
  • 2017 Inductee: Army Woman’s Hall of Fame
  • Two-time Paralympian; five-time Paralympic medalist (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
    • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, gold (100m backstroke), silver (50m freestyle), bronze (50m butterfly), 4th (200m individual medley)
    • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, gold (100m breaststroke), bronze (4x100m medley relay), 8th (100m backstroke)
  • Most recent: 2023 – bronze (200m individual medley, 50m butterfly); 5th (100-m backstroke)
  • Years of participation: 2019, 2022, 2023
  • Medals: 6 (3 gold, 3 bronze)
    • Gold – 2022 (mixed 4x50m medley relay, 50m butterfly); 2019 (100m backstroke)
    • Bronze – 2023 (200m individual medley, 50m butterfly); 2022 (50m freestyle)


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