Sport: Nordic Skiing; Track & Field 
Event: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 4x400m relay, Marathon
Classification: Nordic Skiing - LW10-12, Sitting; Track & Field - T54
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 105
Date of Birth: 4/21/1989
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Hometown: Clarksville, Md.
High School: Atholton HS (Columbia, Md.) '08
College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‘13, Human Development and Family Studies
Team/Club: University of Illinois 
: Eileen Carey (Nordic skiing), Adam Bleakney (Track & Field)

Paralympic Experience

  • Five-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016); 17-time Paralympic medalist (7 gold, 7, silver, 3 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold (400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m), silver (100m, marathon)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, silver (1km sprint), 5th (12km sprint), 6th (4x2.5km mixed with Jake Adicoff), 7th (5km sprint) 
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (400m, 800m, 1500m), bronze (100m), 9th (Marathon)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, silver (200m, 400m, 800m), bronze (4x100m), 6th (100m)
  • Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, silver (100m), bronze (200m), 5th (400m), 9th (800m)

World Championship Experience

Most recent: 2015 – gold (Marathon)
Years of Participation: Track & Field – 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015 (Marathon); Nordic – 2015
Medals: 14 (12 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

  • Gold – 2015 (Marathon); 2013 (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m); 2011 (200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m); 2006 (100m)
  • Silver – 2011 (4x400m relay)
  • Bronze – 2011 (100m)

Career Highlights - Track & Field

  • 2016: Boston Marathon, 1st
  • 2015: IPC Marathon World Championships/London Marathon, 1st; Boston Marathon, 1st; Chicago Marathon, 1st; New York 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 Chicago Marathon, 1st
  • 2011: IPC World Championships, 1st 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3rd 100m
  • 2010: New York City Marathon, 1st
  • 2009: Chicago Marathon, 1st
  • 2006: IPC World Championships, 1st 100m, 2nd 200m, 400m
  • 2004: Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, 2nd 100m, 3rd 200m


McFadden lived in an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia until age six when she was adopted by Deborah McFadden who had visited the orphanage as part of her work as a Commissioner of Disabilities for the U.S. Department of Health. Born with spina bifida that left her paralyzed below the waist, she walked on her hands and did not use a wheelchair until moving to the United States. Dealing with the transition to a new home in Clarksville, Maryland, McFadden became very active in sports to build her strength and health, playing wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, swimming, gymnastics and track & field. She quickly fell in love with the speed of track & field and later qualified at age 15 as the youngest athlete on the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games where she won a silver and bronze medal. McFadden continued her athletic success as part of the illustrious wheelchair athletics program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2014, she became a two-sport Paralympian when she competed in Nordic skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia where she earned a silver medal in the 1-kilometer sprint.

Daughter of Deborah McFadden and Bridget O'Shaughnessey…Has two younger sisters, Hannah and Ruthi…Hobbies include traveling, going to the beach, listening to music, making smoothies, playing different sports, going to the movies…Enjoys water activities like scuba diving, jet skiing and parasailing…Co-authored a children’s book “Ya Sama! Moments from my Life” in May 2016 as a part of a series that will include another autobiography and an activity book…Nicknamed “The Beast” by her coach because she climbs hills better than anyone else.…Pulled a BMW car while seated in her wheelchair… McFadden’s sister Hannah also competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, marking the first time siblings have competed together in a Paralympic Games.…First athlete to win three consecutive wheelchair marathon grand slams—Boston, London, Chicago and New York—in 2013, 2014 and 2015…In July 2013, she became the first woman to earn six titles at a single International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championship.

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