The son of Francine Brown, who he calls one of his heroes, David Brown was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease at 15 months old, resulting in Glaucoma that ultimately took his sight by the age of 13. After moving to St. Louis from Kansas City to attend the Missouri School for the Blind, Brown took up wrestling and goalball before focusing on track.
Brown first realized his dream of being a U.S. Paralympian after winning an essay contest to attend the Paralympic Games Beijing 2008. Since then, he earned a spot on the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Paralympic Teams. Together, with his sighted guide, Jerome Avery, Brown has gone on to become the first totally blind athlete to run under 11 seconds when he clocked 10.92 in 2014.
Brown and Avery call themselves Team BrAvery as Brown carries the motto of “Running4HISGlory+.” The two train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in Chula Vista, California where they are coached by Brazilian Olympic middle-distance champion, Joaquim Cruz.
When Brown is not training, he enjoys playing music on the drums, piano and tenor saxophone. He was formerly in a jazz band.
Sport: Track & Field
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Currently Resides: Chula Vista, Calif.
Birthdate: October 19, 1992
Paralympic History: 2012, 2016
- Paralympic Games London 2012
- IPC Athletics World Championship Lyon 2013, silver (400m, 4×100 relay)
- IPC Athletics World Championship Doha 2015, gold (100m)
Paralympic Games Rio 2016, gold (100m)
- World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, gold (100m), silver (200m)
- 2019 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Parapan American Team
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