The 4 Year Olympian


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

After nearly being jailed at age seventeen and becoming a father at nineteen, Jeremiah Brown managed to grow up into a responsible young adult. But while juggling the demands of a long-term relationship, fatherhood, mortgage payments, and a nine-to-five banking career, he felt something was missing. A new goal captured his imagination: what would it take to become an Olympian?

Guided by a polarizing coach, Brown and his teammates plumbed 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.


Jeremiah Brown is a badass athlete with the soul of a writer. This is not your average, sanitized account of the path to Olympic glory—it's a brutally honest, funny, and at times horrifying book about what it really takes to change your own life.

Kate Fillion, author of How We Can Win

A gutsy, unflinching and ultimately inspiring peek beyond the Olympic podium at the high cost of chasing precious metal. Jeremiah Brown writes the way he raced, with rage and pain and power. He holds nothing back.

Ken MacQueen, Vancouver bureau chief, Maclean’s

Startlingly frank, at times wrenching, Jeremiah Brown's account of his journey to an Olympic medal is an inspiration — not just for athletes but for anyone who is facing a challenge they think is insurmountable.

Tom McCarthy, award-winning author and editor

A story of family, ferocious determination, and the remarkable people who helped make it possible!

Charley Butt, Men’s Heavyweight Rowing Head Coach, Harvard University

An extraordinary story about how far passion and perseverance can take you. Jeremiah Brown’s struggle, challenges, and ability to overcome are incredibly relatable. This is a must-read for any dreamer pursuing a passion.

Michael Callahan, Head Coach, Washington men’s rowing team

About the Author

Jeremiah Brown

Posted by Kendra on July 11, 2017
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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.