Keshia Kirtz (Baker): Olympics Gold Medalist 4X400 m relay Reveals her Success Mantra " To be successful set your mind that you want to achieve it"
Keshia Chantay Baker is an American track and field athlete. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 4X400 m relay event, running in the heats and winning a gold medal.
Born and raised in California, Keshia attended Fairfield H.S. prior to the University of Oregon, where she earned a degree with honors in Psychology. While competing for the Ducks, Keshia was an intergral part of the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championship 4x400m relay teams. Individually, she took runner-up honors in the 400m at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships and is a six-time Oregon school record holder. Keshia has continued her dominance in the relays, earning a gold medal for her leg on the USA 4x400m team at the London Olympics in 2012.
100% focus for years is generally required to ascend to Olympic
medal heights, but Keshia's ambitions and energy goes a step
further. Off the track, she received Master's degrees in Public
Health & Administration and Social Work from San Diego State
University, graduating in May 2014. This route to athletic and
scholastic success did not come easy for Keshia, as she was born to
two immigrant parents from Jamaica and was diagnosed with dyslexia
A strong faith in Christianity along with a devoted and loving spouse provide her with continual support to reach her goals. Keshia believes she is on Earth to serve others and uses her experiences, education, and faith dedicated to this pursuit. This is evident by her non-profit, Save Our Student-Athletes, through which she aids budget-imperiled afterschool athletic programs in K-12 public schools. In her down-time, Keshia enjoys cooking, fantasy sports, and relaxing with Copper, her pet dog.
Achievements of Keshia Kirtz (Baker)
- 2010 NCAA Outdoor (3:28.54) and Indoor 4x400m (3:32.97) champ
- 2010 NCAA Indoor runner-up (51.63)
- Ran in heats for gold medal winning 4x400m team at 2012 Olympics (3:22:09)
Awards and Honors
- Six-time Oregon school record holder
Keshia Kirtz (Baker) started a non-profit organization while at Oregon called Save our Student-Athletes, which is geared to supplying after school K-12 programs for budget-stricken youth. A member of the honor roll and majored in psychology at Oregon. Working on a project called Choose Health LA which is a local initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to prevent and control chronic disease in Los Angeles County for children, communities, and families.
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