FEATURED ATHLETE: Defying the odds – Tatyana McFadden, Paralympic Racer

Tatyana McFadden was born with spina bifida, in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 21, 1989,  and was not expected to live.  McFadden was abandoned in an orphanage where she spent the first six years of her life.   After being adopted by an American family and receiving her first wheelchair and medical attention, she began to thrive. Her family introduced Tatyana to swimming and from there she became “hooked” on sports and today is recognized as an elite athlete holding many USA and international records.

Tatyana was the youngest member of the USA Paralympic Track and Field Team in the Athens 2004 Paralympics and, at age 15 surprised the world by winning a silver and bronze medal in the 100m and 200m. During the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships in the Netherlands, McFadden set a world record on her way to winning gold in the 100m and also took home silver medals in the 200m and 400m.

Excerpts via Wikipedia

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