There’s only one thing on Demetrius Cutchin’s mind when he runs.

“I’m thinking, ‘Am I fast?’” he said.

As a sprinter on the U.S. Special Olympics team this summer, Cutchin has been very fast.

The Woodland Terrace resident was the lone Washington, D.C., representative on the U.S. team that competed in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this summer.  He won a bronze medal in the 400-meter dash, a gold medal as part of the 4 x 400 meter relay team, and narrowly missed out on another medal after finishing fourth in the 100 meter dash.

Those exploits earned him praise from the District of Columbia Board of Commissioners during its Sept. 9 meeting.

“Demetrius is someone who warms my heart for a number of reasons,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman.  “Life is hard enough.  Sometimes the environment is hard and sometimes the circumstances that life gives you are hard.  So when someone such as Demetrius doesn’t just excel once, but triple excels in all those areas, that’s something that I think the Housing Authority should salute.”

His mother, Laverna Cutchin, beamed throughout the meeting.

“I’m very proud of him,” she said of her son, who has a learning disability.  “I always knew he would be fast. I constantly had to chase him as a child because he was always running.”

Cutchin has been featured on ESPN and continues to train for future meets. He has also excelled in the classroom, graduating from high school last year.

“I’m pretty happy,” he said.  “It all feels good.”

Demetrius Cutchin and his mother, Laverna, with the DCHA Board of Commissioners
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