Name: David Brown
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Track and Field
Height: 5-9
Weight: 168
DOB: 10/19/1992
Birthplace: Kansas City, Mo.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Missouri School of the Blind (St. Louis, Mo.) '11
Coach(es): Joaquim Cruz
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold (100m)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – gold (100m), 4th (200m)
  • Years of Participation: 2013, 2015
  • Medals: 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)
  • Gold – 2015 (100m)
  • Silver – 2013 (400m, 4x100 relay)
Personal: David Brown was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease at 15 months old, resulting in Glaucoma and ultimately taking 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. He first realized his dream of being a Paralympian after winning an essay contest to attend the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Since then, Brown earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and has risen to become the fastest totally blind athlete in the world, setting world records in his classification together with his sighted guide Jerome Avery. The pair currently trains at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. ...Son of Francine Brown...Has one older sister Breana…The first totally blind athlete to run under 11 seconds when he clocked 10.92 in 2014…Enjoys playing music in his free time...Plays the drums, piano and tenor saxophone and was formerly in a jazz band...Favorite sport is basketball outside of track…Favorite team is the Chicago Bulls…Heroes are his mom, grandpa and his coach, Joaquim Cruz… Carries the motto of “Running4HISGlory+"…Hobbies include making music, reading, writing poetry and public speaking.