Name: Jerome Avery
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Track and Field
Classification: T11/Guide Runner
Height: 5-9
Weight: 170
DOB: 12/22/1978
Hometown: Lamoore, Calif.
Paralympic Experience
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, guide runner
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, guide runner
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, guide runner
  • Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, guide runner
Personal: 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. 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. Bound by a tether, they 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. They train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California where they are coached by Brazilian Olympic middle distance champion Joaquim Cruz. In high school, Avery was his school's MVP all four years, and he was ranked fifth in the state of California in the 100m.