Michael is among the best high school runners in the country (competing against non-disabled peers) and was recently named Sports Illustrated “Athlete of the Month.” He recently set the Paralympic World Record for the 1500m in the T20 Class for (intellectual impairment) making him a top contender for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Read news coverage by Sports Illustrated and Inside the Games.
Brannigan is from New York, where he began running with the Rolling Thunder team, whose coaches also head up the Athletes Without Limits US National Track & Field Program competing at Inas World Championship events.
After graduating, Brannigan plans to attend a community college in New York and compete as a member of the New York Athletic Club while preparing for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, where he is considered a favorite for a gold medal. This would be another historic accomplishment for Michael — to date no American has medaled in the three Paralympic sports (Athletics, Swimming & Table Tennis) that re-included athletes with intellectual disability in 2010.