NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - New Orleans attracts all kinds of celebrities, whether they're actors or athletes. A Track and Field star from Spain is spending two months training with UNO's Track team. WGNO reporter Deepak Saini shows us why this athlete's drive to overcome the odds is making him an international phenomenon.
An early morning practice for UNO's Track team.
"Let's get up, let's get tall, and get to this position up here," says coach Benjamin Dalton.
On one field, pole vaulters are honing their skills. Across the way, a discus throw from one of the best athletes in the world.
"I've traveled around the world but this is the first time I visit USA," says David Casinos.
David Casinos is a Paralympic athlete from Spain training with UNO's Track team.
"We've gained more from David than David has gained from us," says coach Dalton.
They can learn a lot from the world champion. But success didn't come easy. You may not notice right away but David is blind.
"When you have great challenges in your life, it really proves who you are, and gives you a better perspective on certain things," says coach Dalton.
David has had Diabetes his whole life. When he was 25 years old, the disease took his vision.
"So so difficult. I have to learn everything. To learn to eat at the table, to learn to put water in the glass, to learn what color is my clothes," says Casinos.
But David lives like he has no disability. He became a four-time gold medalist in the Paralympic Games, even after going blind.
"You need to open the door and live or cry in the corner of your house," says Casinos.
Coach Dalton is helping David with his skills for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
"You don't have to worry about David. He's been to the French Quarter on his own. He just wanted to go one night. No different from anybody else," says coach Dalton.
No different, because even David likes to take a selfie. While David may be blind, he can see the world in ways most of us can never imagine.
"Many people probably think, 'David, you cannot see.' Yes, I can see people. Other ways," says Casinos.
David Casinos is hoping to clinch his 5th Gold Medal in Rio De Janeiro. While training at UNO, he's also learning English. After competing in Brazil, he plans to retire from Track and Field and be a guest speaker around the world.