| Three-time Paralympian David R. Brown talks with us about winning Gold in the 100 meter event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil and becoming the fastest blind sprinter in the world. After losing his sight at age 13, David overcame the subsequent fear and depression by focusing his energy on his incredible physical abilities, rather than disabilities, and giving himself motivational pep talks under his breath while competing. David shares why he feels good every time another runner beats his time and describes the fascinating mechanics of racing while tethered to a guide runner and synchronizing their steps at record-breaking speeds. While David continues his Track and Field training in preparation for the 2024 Paris Games, he also runs a motivational speaking business and has begun competing in soccer (a.k.a. 5-a-side Football).


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David’s 100-meter Gold medal win

Syncronization with guide runner Jerome Avery

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David Brown (born October 19, 1992) is a visually impaired American sprint runner. He competed over 100–400 m distances at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics and 2013 and 2015 world championships and won the 100 m event in 2015 and 2016. He currently holds the world record in the 100 m and 200 m run for the T11 class – being the first totally blind athlete to run 100 m within 11 seconds – as well as the paralympic record in the 100 run.