Adoption, Paralympics, Racing

Photo Gallery: At the Sochi Paralympics

17 Mar , 2014  

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Latest News, Paralympics, Racing

Tatyana McFadden Claims Surprise Paralympic Silver Medal

12 Mar , 2014  

Ten-time Summer Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden won her first Winter Paralympic medal Wednesday, silver in the 1km cross-country sprint, less than two years after she picked up skiing. McFadden, 24, finished 4.61 seconds behind Norway’s Mariann Marthinsen to win one of two U.S. medals Wednesday. Alpine skier Laurie Stephens added bronze in the sitting slalom. McFadden won her medal in front […]

Adoption, Background, Paralympics

Reunited With Birth Mother in Sochi

10 Mar , 2014  

It was an emotional homecoming for US Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, whose Russian birth mother watched her compete in Sochi over the weekend. McFadden’s birth mother sat alongside her adoptive mother as they watched the athlete, nicknamed Beast for her upper body strength, power through a grueling 12 kilometer cross country ski course. “I just raced […]

Disability and Discrimination, Paralympics

Sochi Paralympic Games highlight Russian discrimination

6 Mar , 2014  

As the Winter Paralympics begin in Sochi, Russian activists are hoping the Games will help combat widespread prejudice. They say people with disabilities have been marginalized in Russia for decades. “In our country, there are no disabled people.” This is a quote attributed to Soviet communist party leader Leonid Breschnev in the 1980s. The 1980 […]