SDSU olympian wins gold

by Amanda Guerrero

San Diego State graduate student Keshia Baker runs for the gold.

Baker, a six-time All- American, was part of the women’s 4×400-meter relay pool for Team USA during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

“I feel very honored and blessed to be able to be a part of the Olympic team,” Baker wrote in an email as she traveled to compete in London. “It is a dream for many and I am glad it has now become a reality for me.”

Another dream came true when Team USA brought home the gold in the women’s 4×400-meter relay. Although she did not run in the finals, Baker, who ran the leadoff leg in the semifinals, received a gold as a member of the team. She reached out to friends and fans via Twitter after receiving her medal.

“Thanks so much for your support and prayers!” Baker tweeted. “I’m so happy and just in awe.”

Baker left London the day of the Olympics closing ceremony to compete with 15 other U.S. Track and Field Olympians at the DécaNation track meet in France, where she came in first place for the women’s 400-meter.

The Fairfield native says although the combination of

school, track and interning makes her life busy, her desire to take advantage of her talents continues to motivate her.

Baker, who is studying public health and social work as part of SDSU’s DUAL master’s program, says her friends and family help her balance the busy lifestyle of a student and an elite athlete.

“I have an extremely big support system from my family and friends, including my cohorts and teachers at SDSU that allow it to be possible and not overwhelming,” Baker said.

Despite her athletic accomplishments, which now include high-profile status as an Olympian, Baker’s athletic career has not overshadowed how much she values her education.

“I am extremely proud of both and truly honored to see how supportive people are of me and my decisions to do both,” Baker said.

“I truly believe that I have a gift from God, not only athletic but smart,” she added.