A congenital amputee, Brown has been a serious competitor throughout his life. He played multiple sports in high school, earned a baseball scholarship from Chapman University, and pitched in the NCAA Division III College World Series in 2001. After graduation, Brown coached baseball and devoted himself to fitness training. In 2013 he got introduced to competitive triathlon via the Challenged Athletes Foundation, finishing second in the US Championships. Over time he rose to a top-five global ranking, finally winning the national title for classification PTS4 in 2019. The Tokyo Games will mark Brown’s first appearance at the Paralympics.
Away from the racecourse:
Brown lives in Bend, Oregon, and operates a company called Bend Cyro and Recovery, which offers a range of fitness and health treatments.
In their own words:
“I’ve always been a big proponent of ‘prehab.’ I think it’s imperative. Going to PT is a reminder. If I go two or three weeks without my (exercise) routine, things start to fall off.”
“Mentally, [baseball] has helped me. In baseball there’s a lot of sitting and waiting. You can easily psych yourself out. You have to be really process-driven. That’s really important in triathlon, as you put in a lot of hours to race once. And you never know what’s going to happen in a race.”
“I’ll never stop being active. I would go insane if I didn’t work out. Even as a kid, I was trying to figure out how to get two PE classes.”
- Sport: Triathlon
- Limb Difference: Congenital right below knee
- DOB: 8/14/1979
- Residence: Bend, OR
- College: Chapman University
- Classification: PTS4