Name: Brian Siemann
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 100-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, Marathon
Classification: T53
Height: 5-2
DOB: 10/7/1989
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
High School: Notre Dame High School (Lawrenceville, N.J.) ‘08
College: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign ’13, English B.A.; University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign ’15, Special Education M.S.
Team/Club: University of Illinois
Coach(es): Adam Bleakney
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2012, 2016, 2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 4th (400-meter), 8th (800-meter), 15th (Marathon), No Result (100-meter, 1,500-meter, 5,000-meter)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 4th (800-meter), 5th (400-meter), 7th (100-meter)
  • Paralympic Games London 2012, 6th (100-meter), 8th (800-meter), 25th (Marathon)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 4th (800-meter), 6th (100-meter, 400-meter)
  • Years of participation: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Top Finish: 4th – 2019 (800-meter)
Personal: Son of John and Teresa Siemann...Has an older brother, John, and is a quadruplet with three sisters Amanda, Maria, and Jessica...Paralyzed from the waist down at birth after a hospital accident...Hobbies include reading comic books, scuba diving, and cooking...Introduced to track and field his freshman year by high school coach Joe McLaughlin...Was donated his first racing chair by McLaughlin who teamed up with other high school staff members and Project Freedom to raise funds...Works as a Learning Disabilities/ADHD Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign...Has two dogs, Gambit and Ace