Kathleen Baker has always been fast, setting national records all the way back to the 11-12 age group. While she competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and was a member of Team USA’s 2015 World Championship Team, it seemed she was shot out of a cannon this past summer in Rio.
At the 2016 Olympic Games Kathleen Baker finished second to Katinka Hosszu to win silver in the 100 backstroke. Her 58.75 was just one one hundredth of a second off the third place finishers who tied, Kylie Masse of Canada and Fu Yuanhui of China. Baker was also the backstroke leg of the women’s 4×100 medley relay that won gold on the final night of Olympic competition.
Kathleen caught us up on her life since becoming a 2-time Olympic medalist.
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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.