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Tatyana McFadden

Track and Field

  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012
  • 2014
Sport: Nordic Skiing; Track & Field 
Height: 5-3
Weight: 107
Classification: Nordic - LW10-12, Sitting; Track & Field - T54
Date of Birth: April 21, 1989
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Hometown: Clarksville, Md.
Current Residence: Champaign, Ill
High School: Atholton HS (Columbia, Md.) ‘08
College: University of Illinois ‘13, Human Development and Family Studies
Coach: James Upham (Nordic skiing), Adam Bleakney (track & field)

Career Highlights - Nordic Skiing
  • 2015: IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, 6th 1km sprint, 8th 10km, 9th 5km;
  • 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 2nd 1km sprint, 5th 12km, 6th 4x2.5km mixed relay (with Jake Adicoff), 7th 5km; World Cup Oberstdorf, 9th 12k, 10th 1km, 11th 5km; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 1km, 3rd 5km
  • 2013: World Cup Cable, Wis., 4th 15km, 5th 5km, 1km; World Cup Canmore, 7th 1km, 11th 5km; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 1km; Named to U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team

Career Highlights - Track & Field

  • 2015: IPC Marathon World Championships, 1st; London Marathon, 1st; Boston Marathon, 1st; 
  • 2014: London Marathon, 1st; Boston Marathon, 1st; Chicago Marathon, 1st; New York City Marathon, 1st;
  • 2013: London Marathon, 1st; Boston Marathon, 1st; Chicago Marathon, 1st; New York City Marathon, 1st; IPC Athletics World Championships, 1st 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m
  • 2012: London 2012 Paralympic Games, 1st 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3rd 100m;  Chicago Marathon, 1st
  • 2011: IPC World Championships, 1st 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3rd 100m
  • 2010: New York City Marathon, 1st
  • 2009: Chicago Marathon, 1st
  • 2008: Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, 2nd 200m, 400m, 800m, 3rd 4x100m relay
  • 2006: IPC World Championships, 1st 100m, 2nd 200m, 400m
  • 2004: Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, 2nd 100m, 3rd 200m


After her past year of overwhelming success in track & field, Tatyana McFadden has become a well-known athlete both within the Paralympic family and beyond. McFadden was adopted from St. Petersburg, Russia, at age six by Deborah McFadden. Born with spina bifida that left her paralyzed below the waist, McFadden walked on her hands at her orphanage and did not use a wheelchair until after her adoption. Once in her new hometown of Clarksville, Md., McFadden played many sports in her youth, including wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, swimming, gymnastics and track & field. McFadden continued her athletic success at the University of Illinois, where she joined the Fighting Illini’s wheelchair basketball and wheelchair track teams.

McFadden competed in her first Paralympic Games in 2004, where she earned a silver and a bronze medal in track & field. She has competed in every summer Paralympic Games since then and is now a ten-time Paralympic medalist, including three gold. In July 2013, McFadden became the first woman to earn six titles at a single  International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championship. Additionally, she became the first athlete to win four major world marathons in a single year after taking victory in the women’s wheelchair division of the 2013 London, Boston, Chicago and New York City Marathons. McFadden’s sister Hannah also competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 100m, marking the first time siblings have competed together in a Paralympic Games.

With the encouragement of two-sport Paralympian Alana Nichols, McFadden was encouraged to try Nordic skiing for the first time last year. It didn’t take her long to pick up the sport, as she earned a national title at her first U.S. Adaptive Nordic Skiing National Championship in January 2013. She is currently a member of the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team, having already earned five top-10 finishes in the first three world cups of her Nordic career.

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