Excel in Sports

As an athletic woman, her wheelchair is only an excuse to go faster. Now one of the most famous female athletes conquering the Paralympics Games and various marathons including the London and NYC Marathon, Tatyana McFadden shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Wheelchair racing is open to athletes with any qualifying type of disability such as Tatyana’s spina bifida. The specialized wheelchairs can allow the professional athletes to reach speeds of 30 km/h or more.

Paralympics, Racing

University of Illinois designated an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site

26 Sep , 2014  

So happy to here my alma mater has been made an official Paralympic Training site! CHICAGO — The University of Illinois has been designated an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site, the United States Olympic Committee announced Friday. “We’ve always had the best wheelchair track program in the world … so this validates all the training we’ve been […]

Adoption, Other Sports

Cycling Across the Country to Meet Birth Family

17 Sep , 2014  

I’ve been following the challenging journey of Tim Howard as he biked from Vermont to Minnesota. It’s been really inspiring to read about both the physical and emotional strength needed, plus his photos along the way across a good portion of America are just beautiful. You can read about the whole trip on his blog  […]

Latest News, Racing

Tatyana McFadden will Continue to Build on her Legacy at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

17 Sep , 2014  

September 17, 2014 – McFadden, the only athlete in history to win four of the world’s major marathons—London, Boston, Chicago, and New York—in a single season, will battle a formidable women’s field. A men’s field of wheelchair-racing greats will look to thwart defending champion and five-time world champion Marcel Hug New York, September 16, 2014—An illustrious field […]

Latest News, Racing

McFadden vs. McFadden in the 100m

27 Jul , 2014  

For the first time, two sisters, Tatyana and Hannah McFadden, competed head-to-head in the women’s 100m wheelchair finals in London. View Video

Latest News, Racing

Tatyana McFadden Wins Another Marathon

27 Apr , 2014  

BOSTON — Tatyana McFadden continued her domination of wheelchair racing, winning her second straight Boston Marathon on her 25th birthday on Monday. McFadden, who swept the Boston, Chicago, London and New York City Marathons last year, won in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds, for her sixth straight major marathon victory. “It was definitely a great birthday present,” […]


Tatyana talks about breaking the London Marathon women’s wheelchair course record

16 Apr , 2014  

Tatyana discusses breaking the women’s wheelchair course record at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon. VIEW VIDEO

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 […]