Tatyana McFadden can now add Winter Paralympic Medalist to her long list of accomplishments. The wheelchair marathon star tried her hand at the Paralympics for this first time this year at the Sochi games and finished as a silver medalist.
McFadden, a University of Illinois student and arguably the best wheelchair marathoner of all time, competed in the 1-Kilometer cross country ski, 4×2.5-kilometer mixed relay and 5-kilometer individual race this past weekend in Sochi. Despite being her first attempt at the Winter Games, the 24 year old finished in the top ten in all three events including her second place finish in the 1K ski.
McFadden has just been competing in skiing at all since late 2012 and hadn’t focused on it completely until early 2014. The trip to Russia was especially emotional for McFadden who was born in Russia and as a baby lived in an orphanage before being adopted and brought to the United States. McFadden competed for the first time before her birth mother at the Games.
Having unprecedented success isn’t something that’s new to McFadden. Last year alone she won her third consecutive Bank of America Chicago Marathon and in the process set a new course record. She won the Boston, London and New York marathons during 2013 as well. McFadden has also racked up a total of six gold medals at the Summer Paralympic Games.
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