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.

Adoption, For Kids, Inspiring Friends, Paralympics

Paralympic Jessica Long Travels Back to Russia to Meet Her Birth Family

25 Oct , 2014  

My friend and fellow athlete Jessica Long was also adopted from Russia. We have both been very fortunate to be able to reconnect with our birth families. In this video Jessica returns to meet them for the very first time. “Long Way Home” chronicles the story of Jessica Long, a world-class swimmer, 12-time Paralympic gold […]

Excel in Sports, Paralympics, Racing

She used to walk on her hands, now she has the power to build bridges with them

20 Oct , 2014  

There is one individual whose tale is perhaps even more uplifting than most. American Tatyana McFadden won her fourth consecutive Chicago Marathon title on Sunday in the women’s wheelchair race, adding another success to her incredible list of achievements. The 25-year-old has won 11 Paralympic medals, three of them gold, as well as 10 International […]

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, 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 […]