The 4 Year Olympian


Improbable, funny, and heart-wrenching, Jeremiah Brown’s journey from novice to Olympic rower in under four years is a story about chasing a goal with everything you’ve got.

After nearly being put behind bars at age seventeen and becoming a father at nineteen, Jeremiah Brown managed to grow up into a responsible young adult. But with a promising banking career, marriage, mortgage, and more kids on the horizon, a new goal captured his imagination: what would it take to become an Olympian?

A lot, it turned out.

Guided by a polarizing coach, Brown and his teammates plumb the depths of physical and mental exertion in pursuit of a singular goal. The 4 Year Olympian is a story of courage, perseverance, and overcoming self-doubt, told from the perspective of an unlikely competitor who made it against the odds.

About the Author

Jeremiah Brown

Posted by Kendra on July 11, 2017

Jeremiah Brown

Jeremiah Brown won an Olympic silver medal as a member of the Canadian men’s eight rowing team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is a leader in athlete transition and wellness, a Canadian sport system expert, speaker, dad, and drummer who has played with Juno-winning artists. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.