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Sport Para athletics
NPC United States   
Place of BirthKansas City, MO, USA
Height1.75 m
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T11, F11
Jerome Avery
Further Personal Information
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running at age five. His first competition was at the 2006 Colorado State Games in the United States of America.
Why this sport?
"In my first 50 yard dash I got second. I thought to myself, 'Hey I'm pretty fast.' When my vision started fluctuating, sprinting was a great way to stay competitive against my friends, so I had a need for speed."
Name of coach
Joaquim Cruz [personal], BRA, from 2012
Training Regime
He trains at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Reading, spending time with friends, playing on his computer, making and listening to music, writing poetry, public speaking, supporting US basketball team Chicago Bulls, playing the drums, piano and tenor saxophone. (, 12 Sep 2015;, 19 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being named in the US national team for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Joaquim Cruz, guide runner Jerome Avery, his mother and grandfather. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015;, 09 Aug 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Brazilian middle-distance runner Joaquim Cruz. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015;, 09 Aug 2015)
He suffered an injury while running the 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which affected his performance in that race and his subsequent 400m race. (, 22 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am just another person who is trying to be something greater than what I am." (, 01 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
He was selected as the US flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (, 16 Oct 2015)

He was named in the 2011 US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American team. (, 15 Sep 2011)

In 2011 he received the Rosemary Zander Award from the Special School District [SSD] in Hazelwood, MO, United States, given for outstanding student achievement. (, 30 Apr 2011)
To be the fastest visually impaired athlete "that has and ever will live". (, 22 Jan 2017)
At 15 months old he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease which causes swelling in the lymph nodes. It affected his eyes and resulted in glaucoma. After several eye operations he was told at age 13 that his vision could not be saved. "I remember me being able to see one moment and then completely nothing the next. I was frustrated, confused, and angry. I was in complete denial." (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015;, 19 Apr 2015;, 22 Jan 2017)
Other information
In February 2014 he began working with guide Jerome Avery, and together they call themselves Team BrAvery. (, 22 Jan 2017;, 30 Apr 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2012 200m T11 23.47
Round 1 2012 4 x 100m Relay T11-13  DNF
Semifinal 2012 100m T11 11.29
1 2016 100m T11 10.99
Semifinal 2016 200m T11 23.32
Round 1 2016 400m T11 53.81
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 200m T11 22.91
2 2013 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 43.62
2 2013 400m T11 51.71
1 2015 100m T11 11.03
4 2015 200m T11 22.99
1 2017 100m T11 11.20
2 2017 200m T11 23.35
  2017 4 x 100m Relay T11-13  DNF