David Blair

David Blair


At birth, David Blair was told by doctors that he would never be able to function normally as a child due to the severity of the deformity in his left foot. He went on to prove doctors wrong by excelling in multiple athletic endeavors including baseball, football, wrestling and best of all, track and field. As a child with an adeptness for throwing, he discovered the discus throw but had very little coaching, learning the technique through videos provided by his high school coach. He went on to win a high school state championship title against able-bodied athletes. Blair was then offered a Division I athletic scholarship to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. While at Weber State, he set several school records and earned two Big Sky Conference Champion titles—one in hammer and one in the indoor weight throw. Though difficult to verify, Blair is believed to be the first male Paralympian to win a state championship against “able bodied” athletes, the first to be offered a Division I full scholarship, and first and only to win two individual conference champion titles. In the spring of 2015, he discovered he was Paralympic-eligible and after 16 years away from the sport, picked up a discus and threw 54.25-meters at his first track and field meet, ranking him 3rd in the world. In 2016, he won gold at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro breaking his own World Record, and breaking the Paralympic games record by more than 13 feet. He also competed in Tokyo.