Caroline MARKS

United States of America USA

Surfing

  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
  • Year of Birth
    2002
Olympic Results

Biography

Caroline MARKS

Despite being just 19 years old at Tokyo 2020, Caroline Marks was already comfortably in the top six places in the World Surfing League rankings - just a few spots below her idol, Carissa Moore.

Born the third of six children, sport has been the centre of Marks' life. According to WSL, their back yard in Florida had a moto track, halfpipe and a surf break across the street that helped ignite her love of the sport.

Marks carved her path on the waves of Melbourne Beach, where she honed the skills that would carry her to making history. At 15 years old, she became the youngest surfer ever to qualify for the women’s Championship tour. Her debut appearance would see her go onto win Rookie of the Year and rank 7th in the world.

In the opening event of the 2019 Championship tour, Marks meant business, and she delivered. Between beating seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and three-time World Champion at the time, Carissa Moore, she got her first tour win at the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast.

Turns out she has got quite the history making habit, because her first win was followed by receiving Team USA’s Best of April award – something no surfer had ever done before. According to USA Surfing head coach Chris Stone, Marks is “one of those rare athletes that from when she was 12 years old, it was obvious that she was going to be a world champion, not if, but when.”

After showing off her explosive attack around the world, she booked her ticket to Tokyo by finishing second behind USA teammate, Moore, on the WSL Championship tour. Marks was firmly in line for a medal before being knocked out of the semis by surprise package Bianca Buitendag of South Africa, and losing out to Japan's Amuro Tsuzuki in the bronze match.

Marks had to switch to home-schooling when she turned pro at 13. That dedication to her craft and lessons learned from Tokyo will surely have her right up in the mix at Paris 2024.

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Tokyo 2020

#4
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Women Surfing

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