An Idalou coach returns home an Olympian. Matt Brown competed in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. On Thursday night, Brown returned home at Lubbock Preston Smith International.
It was a journey that started more than two years ago, and on Thursday night, Matt Brown's Paralympics dream came home. "It really hasn't hit me yet, that I was part of the greatest Paralympics games ever and the greatest Olympics ever," Brown said.
Brown says his Chinese hosts thought of everything, even a warm welcome with hand painted pictures by children.
Brown's road to Beijing started as he recovered from a natural gas field accident, after he lost more than half of his leg. However, it was then he learned about the Paralympics. "Two, three months of rehab and then a friend told me about this, so I mean six months after my accident I was trying to do this," Brown explained.
"He talked about it in the hospital bed. I know he was perfectly capable of succeeding in this," Amy Ivins, Brown's sister said.
Brown spent many of his hours overseas in one of the Beijing's icons, the Bird's Nest, to both practice and compete in the shot put and discus events. "95,000 people, competing in front of a crowd like that, is something that I never thought I would compete in front of," Brown said.
One of the favorites in the discus final, Brown finished fourth and came up eighth in the shot put. Still Brown says despite his high expectations just to represent his country, as an Olympic athlete is one of the greatest honors. "I don't think there is anything you can't do unless you try," Brown added.
Brown tells NewsChannel 11 he hopes to compete in London in 2012.
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