Despite being diagnosed with autism at an early age, Breanna has achieved great things both on and off the track.
Representing Team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she won the gold medal in the 400m dash, and then duplicated the feat at the 2017 World Championships in London, where she broke the world record by clocking in with a time of 56:33.
Breanna seemed destined to become an elite runner. Her mother Rosalyn once held the American record in the 400m and she won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a member of the 4x400m relay.
Exactly 40 years after Ros won her Olympic silver medal, Breanna took home gold in Rio.
Breanna graduated with honors from Dorsey High School in 2012. In her senior year, she was awarded a trophy for Athletic Excellence.
She went to Pasadena City College, where she continued her running career, often competing against – and beating – non-disabled athletes. She won the Conference Championships, the Mt. SAC Relays and the California Championships, among other races.
Ros acts as both trainer and coach for Breanna, and the mother-daughter duo are prepping for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
In 2018, Breanna won the Paralympic National Championships in Tempe, Arizona, and also broke her own world record. She is the current world record holder in the 400 Meters,T-20 at 55.99.
Breanna is now working with Giant Steps, an organization that sets individuals with challenges up with employment. She is also very excited about training for the upcoming 2019 World Championships in Dubai, and looks forward to defending her title.
At age 23, she is the youngest member of the RSG! team. Breanna is assigned to KIPP Academy as the RSG! Paralympian, and enjoys working with the children and teaching them about making healthy life choices.