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David Prince

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Family
Wife Jennifer, children Aidan, Ethan, Seth, Asher and Gabriel
Residence
Powder Springs, GA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Consultant, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running in 2003. He tried competitive weightlifting and swimming before getting involved in triathlon. He competed in triathlon events for several years before running a qualification standard time in an event for Para athletics.
Why this sport?
Before his accident in 2002, he admitted that he was a frequent user of recreational drugs. After recovering from his accident, he was arrested for violating probation and sentenced to two months in jail. He realised he needed to change, and was allowed back into his mother's house on the condition that he join a gym. He quickly became involved in swimming, cycling and running. "It was just a matter of accepting the fact that I had failed, and that I needed help."
Name of coach
Loren Seagrave

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Manchester, ENG

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming, technology. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the T44 400m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His oldest son Aidan. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
His training was disrupted ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, due to a hamstring injury. The injury had affected him since June 2019, but he went on to win a bronze medal in the T64 200m at the event. (teamusa.org, 09 Nov 2019)

In late 2011 he tore stabilising ligaments, tore the hamstring muscle, broke the fibula bone and ruptured the meniscus [knee] in his left leg. He underwent surgery and sessions in a hyerbaric oxygen chamber, and was able to walk again in January 2012. He returned to the track in time for the 2012 US Paralympic trials. He then had follow-up surgery on his left leg following the 2012 Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 19 Jan 2013; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I win or I learn, I never lose." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He received the 2015 Triumph of the Human Spirit Award from BlazeSports America. (blazesports.org, 31 Dec 2015)
Other sports
He competed in Para swimming at the 2005 Endeavor Games in Oklahoma City, OK, United States of America, a multi-sport event for athletes with physical impairments. (oandp.com, 02 Aug 2005)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 04 Mar 2021)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2002, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury and the amputation of his right leg below the knee. (teamusa.org, 14 Aug 2015; oandp.com, 02 Aug 2005)
Other information
PLANS AFTER TOKYO
In 2020 he spoke about the possibility of competing in different Para sports following the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "In Paralympics, unlike the Olympics, me being 36 really doesn't matter. There are 60, 65 years old still competing, they just move on to different sports. I have been entertaining the idea of transitioning into track cycling in 2024 [Paralympic Games] and I would like to add a winter Paralympic sport, in either skeleton, bobsleigh or alpine skiing." (sportsspectrum.com, 07 Feb 2020)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
He considered retiring from the sport in 2019 after experiencing personal issues and going through a divorce. "I went through a pretty hard divorce about two years ago [speaking in 2018]. Everything spiralled out of control and I found myself just not really caring about life, contemplating suicide and dealing with relapse and drug addiction. In early 2019 I didn't want to keep running, I just wanted to get a regular job and fade into working a regular job. I guess God didn't see that in my plans. He kept on shutting doors and made it pretty evident to me I needed to pursue the end of my [sport] career." (sportsspectrum.com, 07 Feb 2020)

OCCUPATION
He works as a consultant for a medical equipment company. (LinkedIn profile, 06 Apr 2021)

SPANISH LANGUAGE
He spent seven years living in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he learned to speak Spanish. (teamusa.org, 23 Jul 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2011-01-23 3
Men's 200 m T44 Final 2011-01-24 5
Men's 400 m T44 Final 2011-01-29 3
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final 2011-01-29 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T44 Heat 2 2012-09-07 3
Men's 400 m T44 Final Round 2012-09-08 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-20 3
Men's 200 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-21 2
Men's 400 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 4
Men's 400 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-26 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-27 6
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2015-10-31 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-11 3
Men's 200 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-17 6
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-21 7
Men's 200 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-22 7