We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Paralympic Sprinter…Richard Browne!!! Richard Browne is very special to us because he is our very first featured athlete. Richard is a paralymic sprint runner that has competed in several Paralympic Games across the world and has even broken world records, won 2 Silver and 2 Gold medals. Lets get to know Richard Browne…
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let the people know who Richard Browne is and what Richard Browne does.
Richard Browne: I’m Richard Browne, I’m a Paralympic Sprinter, I hold the world record of holding the 60m, 100m, 200m, 4x100m. I won silver in the Paralympic games in London in 2012. I also won world championships in 2013. I won Gold in 2013 with the 4x100m.
3 Voices: What inspired you to run track? When did you realize your talent as a sprinter?
Richard Browne: Honestly, I lost my leg about 4 years ago in 2010. I was a Freshmen at Morehouse College…it was my decision because I had a accident back in 2007, that caused me to have about 14 surgeries and it just kind of got overwhelming at the time. So I decided to get my leg cut off. My track coach at Morehouse, was the one to kind of egg me to run. I really didn’t have any desire to run after having my leg cut off, I just wanted to finish school but I tried on a running leg and actually did pretty well. A year later I was at the Olympics…and I won a medal. I’ve been running every since.
3 Voices: How did you get involved with the Paralympic Games?
Richard Browne: In 2011, I made the US Paralympics National where the top US paralympians come to compete against each other and I came in 4th place. That kind of got the attention from some people. I ended up going to Crystal Palace England for my 1st international race in 11:52, which was fast at the time…it was about 3 years ago. It was pretty fast at that time and I came in 2nd place to Jonnie Peacock. And it’s ironic because that time actually got me on the US National team and a year later, I came in second. It was pretty cool. It was kind of like a fluke lol, I ran well in one big meet and that kind of sparked it from there.
3 Voices: Tell us what your training is like?
Richard Browne: The only thing different about it is because of the fact that I train to outrun a person who has both legs, but I have to train harder because I’m at a disadvantage because I do have one leg. I jumped into the 200 meters my 1st year running last year…just training at the level of an able bodied competitor or as a person without a disability particularly trains is very hard. But at the same time it yields the same results so I train like any other track runner that’s out there. I do 200s, 260s, and 300s…it’s pretty much the same thing but we have to put in a little more extra effort just because we have a disadvantage/disability.
3 Voices: Congratulations on a undefeated season! You’ve broken many records including being the first T44 sprinter in history to compete in a world class able body field when you ran at the 2013 Millrose Games. Take us back to that very moment. Do you recall the feeling you felt?
Richard Browne: Yeah I actually do, I really don’t get nervous before a race. I’ ve only been nervous before three races…that was my 1st one in Crystal Palace, Millrose, and Brussels this past year. I remember Scott Pat was there and he is a legend in the game, he was talking to me like I was a normal person. That meant so much to me, it really did mean a lot to me. I remember that feeling and getting to the starting line, my heart was racing. It was on national television and I knew my family was watching. I never been a nervous type person before but I was scared to death lol. Going into the race, I really just wanted to get out and run fast. We had a horrible meltdown and I fell…that race didn’t end so well lol.
3 Voices: You’ve won a total of 2 Silver medals and 2 Gold medals. What has that been like for you?
Richard Browne: The first silver was amazing! I remember going into London, I was a nobody. I was new there, my first ever games, no one knew who I was so getting a medal was really exciting…like it was really exciting to me because I actually went and won a medal. But going into 2013, I tied the world record, then I broke the world record so I was really expecting Gold in the 600m final but coming short and getting Silver was really a disappointment to me. To be honest with you, I don’t even know where that medal is, that’s how disappointed I was. I mean people would be excited for a Silver medal, don’t get me wrong but I knew what I was capable of and I definitely was capable of Gold. That loss in that final, fueled my 2014 because I was like I will never lose another race…I hate that feeling. That’s my mentality…I won’t lose another race and if I keep working really hard and doing what I need to do, I know no one else in the world can compete with me.
3 Voices: What’s next for you? Are there any exclusives you can share with us?
Richard Browne: Well, I started back training today…I’m really rusty, today was horrible lol. So we’re getting ready for indoor season, going into 2015. That’s pretty much just that and getting ready for this new upcoming season. We’re really trying to make the Beijing able bodied team, which is world championship next year. It’ll be unprecedented if I can do it. Only one other MPP has ever run in a major championship, it would be historic. So to do it and be an American and do it is even more extraordinary. Our team is the hardest team in the world to make so that’s the goal to get to Beijing by any means necessary.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to you on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Richard Browne: Well, I’m on Twitter @winged_foot. Instagram @winged_foot1. Facebook: Richard Browne Jr. and website coming soon.
And there you have it! You heard it all from Richard Browne himself! Be sure to follow him on all social media sites and be prepared to cheer him on this upcoming season. Much more success to you Richard, keep in touch.
Here’s Richard Browne as he breaks the new world record 200m Men Blade Runners: