In 1948 a small gathering of British World War II veterans began what would result in one of the largest international sporting events by the early 21st century; the Paralympic Games. Since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, Winter and Summer Paralympic Games are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games.

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Tatyana McFadden win IPC awards for exemplifying Paralympic spirit at Rio 2016

17 Sep , 2016  

Ibrahim Al Hussein and Tatyana McFadden have received an award for the athletes who best exemplify the spirit and values of the Paralympic Games at Rio 2016. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the pair as winners of the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award, which started at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games. They will each […]

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NY Times: Removing Obstacles for the Next Generation

1 Sep , 2016  

From the New York Times! CLARKSVILLE, Md. — Growing up on a dead-end street in suburbia, Tatyana and Hannah McFadden raced their wheelchairs up, down and all around. Their family challenged cul-de-sac convention, but also fit right in. Two moms, three children, a grandma and two dogs. A basketball hoop in the driveway. Purple wheelchairs […]

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My New Book, Now Available on Amazon!

10 May , 2016  

I can’t believe it!!!! My children’s book “Ya Sama” which means I can do it is finally out!!! You can order it on Amazon. This book tells a story of my wonderful life journey, and how I have gotten to be where I am today, and the person I have become. I chose to tell […]

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McFadden eyeing unprecedented sweep of Paralympic gold medals at Rio 2016

22 Apr , 2016  

American wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden is confident she has what it takes to win seven gold medals at this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as she aims to become the first athlete to sweep every distance. Speaking here today ahead of her quest to win a fourth consecutive London Marathon on Sunday (April […]

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Tatyana Teams up with Coke for Rio Games

6 Aug , 2015  

In celebration of “One Year Out” from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Coca-Cola today announced its partnership with a diverse group of U.S. athletes who will be the face of the brand through the Games. The “six pack” of athletes are made up of five Olympic champions and one Paralympic champion from swimming and soccer […]


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Tatyana, on The Today Show, Gives Tamron Hall a Lesson in Wheelchair Racing

6 Aug , 2015  

    It’s only a year until the Rio Olympics, where golf will re-enter the Games after more than 100 years. LPGA champ Cristie Kerr helps Matt Lauer and Carson Daly try a golf simulator. Other Olympic hopefuls on the plaza are Tatyana McFadden, who gives Tamron Hall a taste of wheelchair racing, and Jimmy […]

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Happy 25th Anniversary – Americans with Disabilities Act

26 Jul , 2015  

For the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Google is celebrating the spirit and vigilance of the leaders of the Disability Rights Movement, both past and present. I am so honored to have my portrait included at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. as part of this celebration. READ MORE


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Why I didn’t race in Red Bull’s Wings for Life World Run

24 May , 2015  

Several weeks ago I was suppose to race in Red Bull’s Wing for Life Run, a great cause to find the cure for spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, I had to decline the invitation. Please read my letter to them that was recently published in the News-Gazette. The word “can’t” is not in my vocabulary. I am […]

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5th Grade Class Project on Tatyana McFadden

13 May , 2015  

  I feel so honored to be chosen as the subject of a 5th grade project by a fan, and now friend, Jiya. Thank you so much! Here’s a photo of Jiva racing in a 5K race. Go Jiya!