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100m.Making friends, Harry? Prince gets VERY close to alluring Team USA swimmer - a military medic injured in Iraq - after presenting her with a gold medal at the Invictus Games
Making friends, Harry? Prince gets VERY close to alluring Team USA swimmer - a military medic injured in Iraq - after presenting her with a gold medal at the Invictus Games
Prince Harry bonded with US swimming champion Elizabeth Marks who revealed how UK doctors saved her life
Paralympian who is heading to Rio, was injured in Iraq in 2010; she was to compete in the 2014 Invictus Games
But she developed a near-fatal lung condition and was put on life support for ten days
After winning the 100m freestyle, the Army sergeant gave her medal to Harry to give back to Papworth Hospital
Prince Harry congratulated Captain David Wiseman and swimming relay team on their gold medal win
He's known for his easy manner and a charming personality that wins over everyone he meets, but Prince Harry appeared to forge an even closer bond with one of the athletes taking part in the Invictus Games today.
The 31-year-old royal presented a gold medal to military medic, Arizona-born Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, who won the prize in the swimming finals this morning.
But the couple shared an even more moving moment when the swimming champion, who was sustained hip injuries in Iraq in 2010, gave Harry her 100m freestyle gold medal to pass on to the British hospital that saved her life when she arrived in the UK to take part in the 2014 Invictus Games.
However, there was a moment of light relief when the duo ended up in stitches in the competitors' tent as she dressed him up in her petite Games uniform jacket.
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Without a man's jacket to hand the Paralympic swimmer Elizabeth Marks attempted to squeeze the royal into her own petite uniform
Prince Harry was seen sharing an emotional moment with US athlete Elizabeth Marks on the third day of the Invictus games in Orlando Florida, as she returned her gold medal for the 100m freestyle to him so that he could pass it on to Papworth Hospital in the UK
The moment Elizabeth Marks gave her gold medal back to Harry
The 25-year-old's soldier's life was saved by the British hospital's medical team in 2014 on the eve of the first Invictus Games after she became gravely ill, collapsed with a serious lung condition and was put into an induced coma.
She told the Paralympics' Team USA website how the day before the team flew out of Washington, D.C., she lost her voice but although she wasn't feeling her best, she didn't feel terrible and attributed it to doing too many interviews.
However, by the time the plane landed in London, however, she couldn’t breathe and was taken to the Royal London Hospital and admitted for what they believed was pneumonia.
Elizabeth took home the gold for the US in the swimming finals but asked Harry to take the medal back to the hospital in Cambridge that cared for her after she became gravely ill when she collapsed with a serious lung condition and was put into an induced coma
After presenting the deserving athlete with her gold medal the pair shared a short embrace as Prince Harry congratulated her
Prince Harry kissed the US athlete on the cheek after presenting her with her gold medal at today's swimming event
The athlete then called the prince back as she removed her medal for him to take home with him to the hospital in Cambridge
Within 24 hours Elizabeth's health worsened until she fell unconscious, went into respiratory failure and when her lungs filled with fluid had to be put on life support.
She said: 'I landed in London and became very ill very rapidly, I was in hospital in London and went into respiratory distress syndrome, they shipped a team down from Papworth who put me on to ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) life support and that ultimately saved my life.
'And when they did so I was on it for 10 days and ended up waking in an army hospital in Germany having no idea what had happened.
When the athlete regained consciousness she was in the same hospital where she had woken up after being medically evacuated from Iraq four years earlier.
Prince Harry took some time to chat to US swimming team member Elizabeth Marks who showed off her impressive leg tattoos
Elizabeth was later seen in stitches as she attempted to kit out Prince Harry in the swimming team's uniform while she stood in the tent in little more than her swimsuit and sunglasses perched on her head
Doctors never determined what caused the illness and although the ECMO saved her life it left her with some neurological impairment.
It also meant that she had less mobility in her legs, which caused her to become eligible for the Paralympics. The length of time on the machine also led to a decrease in lung capacity.
However, the treatment in the UK stayed with Elizabeth so much that she dedicated her win at the Games today to the NHS. 'They absolutely saved my life and I can't thank the UK enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me.
'So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth.'
Fighting back the tears, she paid tribute to her doctors, saying: 'Thank you, I'll never be able to repay you, but what you're doing is wonderful.'
Sgt Marks, who joined the US army aged 17, suffered a serious hip injury in 2010 in Iraq which left her with no sensation in her left leg. She underwent three surgeries to restructure her hips and regain enough mobility to walk, and swimming was initially part of her rehabilitation.
But she says she soon fell in love with it and after just four months of participating in her first competition she became the first female Paralympic athlete in the US army's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP).
The determined heroine is now looking forward to representing her country in the Rio Olympics this summer but already she's winning golds despite feeling disorientated and struggling with her vision when she's in the water because of lack of oxygen.
She now uses the same tappers as her visually-impaired teammates to let her know when she’s approaching the wall and she also needs to have someone there to help her out of the pool.
The athlete was eventually able to zip up the rather snug sports jacket as the amused prince shrugged his arms and played along
Sgt Elizabeth Wasil shares how she keeps fit and positive
Prince Harry is caught on 'Salute Cam' during the Britain Vs Australia wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games Orlando
Harry appeared to be having a whale of a time in amongst the crowd on the third day of the games
The games have proved so successful that Harry has already announced the third event in Toronto next year
But Elizabeth is making waves in Paralympic circles after winning all four swimming events she entered at the Invictus Games for injured military and veterans.
Sgt Marks, who is married, added: 'It's just an honour to be here and stand next to all the other soldiers, I can't think of anything else I'd rather be.
'I was a little apprehensive, I was nervous because of what had happened last time but I was eager to perform and show my team and show the other countries how much I love their support.
'When I came out of my coma to see all the pictures of them supporting me while I was there, without even knowing I was in that state, made me cry like a baby so it was a chance to give something back.'
In a moving video essay submission to the US veterans contest, the Triumph Games, she said: 'I love the Army. More than the Army, I love soldiers,' adding that, 'sharing my story, passion and experience with other injured or ill soldiers is the most precious gift that my life has been given.'
Bit hot Harry? The prince took part in The Wave at the wheelchair rugby event at the Invictus Games - revealing sweat patches under his arms
Prince Harry celebrated with the rest of the crowd by doing The Wave as he watched the UK teams' bronze medal victory over Australia
Britain's Prince Harry cheered on the rest of his countrymen during the wheelchair rugby competition event at the Invictus Games
Prince Harry shares a laugh with one of the member of the crowd as he watched the celebrity wheelchair rugby game
Prince Harry listens intently during the game which involved Derek Hough with teams coached by John Cena and Wilmer Valderrama, Invictus Games, Orlando
The prince, wearing a pale shirt and two bracelets, one beaded and one seemingly copper, shouted on his team during the match
Prince Harry cheered on the celebrity wheelchair rugby game during the third day of the Invictus Games, in Orlando, Florida
Prince Harry, Harry, who founded the games for wounded, injured and sick veterans, now in its second running after the London Invictus Games in 2014, cheered on the players
She related how, 'I met a female soldier and got to share my story about overcoming injury and illness, competing against men, about the mental, physical and emotional struggle that sports has helped me through. The impact will last with me forever. She presented me with a letter and a Soldier’s prayer saying, "I hated life. I had given up. No one believed in me. And then I met you." Because of her words, I will never give up.'
Elizabeth was later seen laughing as she attempted to kit out Prince Harry in the swimming team's uniform. Without a man's jacket to hand the playful athlete attempted to squeeze the royal into her own jacket.
The item of clothing was likely to have come in handy as the prince was left rather soggy this morning after he joined the British swimming relay team for a bear hug after they won gold in the finals on day three of the Invictus Games.
The prince, 31, surprised athletes in the competitors' tent at the swimming pool on the penultimate day of the event in Orlando, Florida, which comes to a close tomorrow.
While he was wearing a khaki shirt over his favourite Diesel jeans, the competitors were dripping wet having just emerged from the pool and were still clad in their swimming trunks, leaving the royal rather damp after the enthusiastic embrace.
Harry also congratulated GB Armed Forces Team Captain David Wiseman, who won gold with his relay team, by giving him a pat on back as he left the pool.
David sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in a firefight with the Taliban in 2009 but that didn't stop the father-of-two, 33, from competing in the swimming finals this morning.
Prince Harry was left rather wet today after David Wiseman and the remainder of the relay swimming team in a celebratory group hug following their triumphant win
No doubt the 31-year-old prince got a bit damp as David and his team members were fresh out of the swimming pool
The smiles on both the team's faces and Harry's made it clear just how happy they were for another British gold at Invictus
Prince Harry's khaki shirt showcased his damp demeanor after his rather soggy hug from the British team
Harry congratulates GB Armed Forces Team Captain David Wiseman who won gold with his relay team during this morning's finals
In November 2009, David sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in a firefight with the Taliban but took home gold today during the relay swim race
Despite having got a little damp earlier it wasn't long before the prince was going back for more hugs with his swimming team
After the group hug in the changing room where Harry gave his congratulations all round, he also took the time to play with a dog that was also in the tent.
The ever-charming Harry then went around to see all of his guests at the Games and shared a joke joke with former competitor and now commentator JJ Chalmers outside the competitor's tent.
JJ, 25, sustained horrific injuries when he was blown up by a Taliban bomb during a patrol in Helmand Province losing two fingers and his right elbow disintegrated. Last year he competed in an cycling event but has now taken on commentary for the games.
Although his priorities clearly remain with the Games the prince found some time to enjoy some of Florida's top tourist attractions earlier today.
Harry visited Walt Disney World and returned to a ride he enjoyed as a young boy with Princess Diana. The 31-year-old toured the site in Orlando, Florida, which every year attracts thousands of tourists - many from the UK - and braved Splash Mountain, a log flume ride.
He had talked earlier this week about his desire to revisit the sprawling attraction which his mother Diana, Princess of Wales had taken him to in August 1993 for a short break.
And Harry got his chance after he saw the UK Invictus Games seated volleyball squad lose a hard fought gold medal match against the US, who were also watched by Hollywood star Michael J Fox.
During the late night visit which took place earlier today, the prince spent just under an hour at the site he last toured when aged eight with his older brother the Duke of Cambridge, then 11 years old, and mother Diana.
Vice President Joe Biden and Prince Harry appeared on good terms as Biden put his arm round the prince they watched USA Vs Denmark in the wheelchair rugby match
Vice President Joe Biden and Prince Harry shared a laugh together during the gold medal wheelchair rugby gold medal match
Prince Harry embraced David Wiseman after presenting him with a gold medal during this morning's events
During the exhilerating event the prince could be seen cheering on his team aside their coaches
At the time, the royal siblings were photographed sitting at the front of a log on the Splash Mountain ride, with adults from their mother's entourage behind them and Diana seated at the back.
They were also joined on the rip by Diana's close friends Katie Menzies and Catherine Soames and Soames' nine-year-old son, Harry.
As well as the water ride, the family reportedly took in the Country Bear Jamboree, the Jungle Cruise and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad rollercoaster.
While Harry enjoyed a number of rides after he had watched the first major indoor Invictus Games arena final between the UK and the US in Orlando, it wasn't clear if he revisited any other attractions.
The Invictus Games, which have brought 400 athletes from 14 different countries to Orlando are now in their third day.
Fox was among the spectators and when he was shown on a large screen and introduced to the crowds he received a huge cheer and applause.
Casually dressed and wearing a baseball cap, the actor, who has Parkinson's disease, raised his hand to acknowledge the well-wishers.
The two teams of six, which featured players with a range of disabilities, from those with some movement in their legs to double amputees, threw themselves around the court to reach balls during the match.
Chants of 'go UK' and 'USA,' screams and deafening applause greeted every point won by the respective teams, but when play restarted a hush descended around the arena.
In the first set, the US flew into an early lead and were never caught by the UK.
The royal couldn't contain his excitement this morning after witnessing the British swimming team's epic win
Prince Harry played the joker as he mimed playing a guitar while celebrating another gold medal for the Brits at the Invictus Games
Here's Harry! The mischievous prince was all smiles as he entered the competitors' tent on the third day of the Invictus Games
It wasn't long before athletes in the tent gave Harry a warm welcome dragging him in to the area ahead of the day's events
As well as finding time to talk to the men of the Invictus Games, Harry also took time to enjoy the company of man's best friend as he was seen petting a dog in the competitors tent
Harry rushed from his seat when the American side won the first set 25-21 and went outside for a breath of fresh air and a check of his smart phone.
In the second set, the UK finally took the lead and went on to win 27-25, which brought their fans to their feet, but in the deciding set the Americans were the stronger side and could not hide their joy when they triumphed 15-8.
Charlie Walker, head coach of the UK seated volleyball team, said afterwards: '(It was) tough out there, but I don't think we brought our A-game. But all credit to the US - they were a lot better than us, beat us on the day.'
Asked about the atmosphere in the arena, he replied: 'It was pretty noisy out there, I don't think the Brits were too far behind the Americans.'
Earlier that day the playful prince played up to the cameras pulling faces and joking around before firing the starter fun on the second day of the Invictus Games.
Harry seemed eager to make his way around all of his guests at the games having seen sharing a joke with former competitor and now commentator JJ Chalmers outside the athletes' tent
JJ, 25, sustained horrific injuries when he was blown up by a Taliban bomb during a patrol in Helmand Province losing two fingers and his right elbow disintegrated. Last year he competed in an cycling event but has now taken on commentary for the games
The fun-loving royal, 31, turned to the cameras, shrugging his shoulders and giving them a jokey worried glance as he held the gun in his hand.
After stepping on to the podium he raised his arm in the air and pulled the trigger - ensuring he had an earplug in his ear to protect his hearing.
The moment marked the beginning of the 200m race at his veterans competition.which kicked off with a star-studded ceremony on Sunday.
As competitors made their way round the track, Harry cheered them on from the stands.
He then presented medals to the race winners including Brit David Henson, a retired Army captain who lost both of his legs when he stood on an IED, who took gold.
Harry declared the sprinter 'world class' after the double-amputee ran the best T42 200-metre time in the world this year.
Prince Harry stayed true to his cheeky demeanor today as he pulled faces while firing a starter gun on the second day of The Invictus Games
The Prince was seen wearing a pair of dark shades as he prepared to start the 200m race in Orlando
After initially playing around Harry took his duties very seriously as he kick started the heart racing event
The former Army captain had confidently predicted he would "smash" his personal best and did not let the hundreds of cheering fans down .
As he walked down to the track the prince, who has been the driving force behind the Paralympic-style competition for injured military and veterans, said: 'He smashed his personal best, he's world class'.
When the pair met behind the stands they hugged and Harry told Henson - who was the UK team captain during the first games: 'It was a completely different look to London - you were gliding.'
And when the medal presentation was held the pair embraced again as the former officer wrapped himself in the Union flag as he celebrated his time of 25.04 seconds - more than a second faster than his previous best.
Henson said about his win: 'I felt good, I felt strong, comfortable - I've been out here for a little while and my training's all been going really well so happily everything was where it needed to be.'
Harry looked pleased as punch as he presented the gold medal to Brit David Henson a retired army captain who lost both of his legs when he stood on an IED
Commenting on his brief chat with the prince he said: 'Harry said I was gliding, it was just a comment on my form, basically I look a lot more relaxed, a lot more natural.'
He added: 'This is one big family, everybody's in it together, when you cross the finish line everyone celebrates everyone else's success.
'That success comes in different forms, it might be the person who's managed to get round the 400 metres or it might be the person who's won a gold medal, we're all very much here for each other.
Second and third place went to American ex-servicemen whom Harry posed with following the event
'The 2016 games are special there's no doubt about that and it's special in a different way to London. There's very much of a family feel, everybody's a bit more connected.'
Harry, who founded the games for wounded, injured and sick veterans, now in its second running after the London Invictus Games in 2014, then posed for photos with the winners.
Former Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie watched the Invictus athletes compete, at the ESPN Wide Word of Sports complex, on the same track he is training British sprinters who are hoping to make the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Former Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie (pictured) watched the Invictus athletes compete, at the ESPN Wide Word of Sports complex
Harry was on sight to greet all of the athletes at today's track and field events as they limbered up for the race
Harry seemed thrilled to see US athlete Michael Kacer who lost his left arm in a rocket attack while serving in Afghanistan in June 2008
He said about Invictus: 'It's a great idea to make our injured servicemen and women feel that they're still appreciated.'
The former sportsman was impressed by performance of the runners: 'Some of the guys are fast, they go through the same emotions that we go through - it brings back memories. I look at the guys and they've got lactic (acid) but they're pushing and persevering - it's good.
'It's just an amazing atmosphere, the crowds are brilliant because they are cheering everybody.'
During the games, more than 500 competitors from countries including Italy, Germany, Australia, Estonia, Jordan and the UK and Afghanistan are competing in 10 events - archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, athletics, wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis.
Harry beems with pride as he points at US team member, Ashley Anderson's silver medals won in previous years, she will be competing in swimming events at this year's games
Elizabeth Marks from the US team appears to capture the prince's attention with her impressive leg tattoos
Harry has said he hopes to bring Invictus to the UK in 2019, completing a five-venue cycle which would see the games return home after being staged in Canada next year and Australia in 2018.
Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe, who is an ambassador for the Orlando games, has been supporting competitors and said his home nation would welcome the games in two years time.
He said: 'I think Australia is excited for it, for us we'd love to have more events in the country - I think there will probably be cities in Australia that will end up fighting over it.