Battling the Storm Within

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The things she carries: The story of Paraswimmer and U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks

U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks
Joe Amon for ESPN

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks ponders a question from the barista: What kind of coffee would she like? Mild, medium, dark roasts -- the bronze, silver and gold of coffee. She smiles and offers a ready answer: "Whatever kind has the most caffeine." Fresh from a grueling morning swimming practice and weightlifting session, Marks needs the energy. She grabs her cup, walks upstairs and snags a seat by the window. A few miles to her left, Pikes Peak climbs 14,114 feet into the crisp blue sky.


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