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    David Brown

    United States United States Para athletics 19 October 1992

    Kansas City, USA

    David Brown - Rio 2016


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Vision impairment
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification T11, F11
    Guide Jerome Avery
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Chula Vista, CA, USA
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages English
    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.
    International Debut
    Year 2011
    Competing for United States
    General Interest
    Hobbies 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. (paralympic.org, 12 Sep 2015; teamusa.org, 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; paralympic.org, 09 Aug 2015)
    Hero / Idol Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Brazilian middle-distance runner Joaquim Cruz. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015; paralympic.org, 09 Aug 2015)
    Injuries 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. (running4hisglory.com, 22 Jan 2017)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "I am just another person who is trying to be something greater than what I am." (iamdavidrbrown.com, 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. (teamusa.org, 16 Oct 2015)

    He was named in the 2011 US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American team. (usaba.org, 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. (hazelwood.patch.com, 30 Apr 2011)
    Ambitions To be the fastest visually impaired athlete "that has and ever will live". (running4hisglory.com, 22 Jan 2017)
    Impairment 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; gofundme.com, 19 Apr 2015; running4hisglory.com, 22 Jan 2017)
    Other information TEAM BRAVERY
    In February 2014 he began working with guide Jerome Avery, and together they call themselves Team BrAvery. (running4hisglory.com, 22 Jan 2017; teamusa.org, 30 Apr 2014)

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