Jerome Avery has been a guide runner with U.S. Paralympics since 2004 and has guided David Brown, one of the world’s top visually-impaired sprinters, since 2014. Bound by a tether, Brown and Avery sprint in lanes side-by-side, communicating by touch and sound with every synched stride as Avery tugs the tether to keep Brown in line to reach the finish line.
Together, Brown and Avery call themselves Team BrAvery and train at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in Chula Vista, California where they are coached by Brazilian Olympic middle-distance champion, Joaquim Cruz.
Once an Olympic Hopeful himself, Avery finished in the top 20 in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials and in the top 15 in the 2004 Olympic Trials. In high school, Avery was his school’s MVP all four years, and was ranked fifth in the state of California in the 100m.
Sport: Track & Field (Guide Runner)
Hometown: Lemoore, Calif.
Currently Resides: Chula Vista, Calif.
Birthdate: December 22, 1978
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota GR Supra
Paralympic History: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
- Paralympic Games Athens 2004, guide runner
- Paralympic Games Beijing 2008, guide runner
- Paralympic Games London 2012, guide runner
- Paralympic Games Rio 2016, guide runner
- 2019 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Parapan American Team, guide runner
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