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Clara Brown

Paralympian 2020

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Athlete Bio

U.S. Paralympics Cycling




Nov 3, 1995


Falmouth, ME


University of Puget Sound

classification: WC3

Brown was an avid athlete as a competitive gymnast, runner and skier before sustaining an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C5/C6 level at age 12...After several years of physical rehabilitation, and some unexpected compounding injuries, Brown joined her high school rowing team as a coxswain, her first reintroduction to competitive sport after her accident...Despite enjoying her time on several rowing teams throughout high school and early college, she sought a competitive activity powered by her own means, rather than motivating others to push to their physical limits...During her freshman year of college, she purchased her first modified road bike, which ignited her passion for bikes both as a means of transportation and as a way to stay active...After graduating, she was hired at a bike touring company, and it was there that she made her connection with U.S. Paralympics...One of her clients served on the USOPC’s Paralympic Advisory Committee and encouraged her to investigate the possibility of racing competitively...Brown was invited to a talent ID camp in Colorado Springs in June of 2018, and then proceeded to compete at the third Para-cycling road world cup in Baie Comeau in August of 2018, taking bronze in the road race...Daughter of her father, Greg, her mother, Debbie, and her stepmother, Amanda...Has two brothers, Prescott and Spencer, and one sister, Rachel...Hobbies include cooking breakfast, spending time outside hiking and camping, and downhill skiing...She is currently working on obtaining her private pilot’s license, and is hoping one day to attend law school.

World Championship Experience
  • Years of Participation: Road – 2022, 2019, 2023; Track – 2022, 2020
  • Most recent: 2023 - Road - 8th (road race); 2022 – Track – bronze (scratch, omnium, individual pursuit); 5th (time trial)
  • Medals: 11 (3 golds, 3 silvers, 5 bronzes)
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