Tatyana McFadden nominated for USATF Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

By U.S. Paralympics | Nov. 20, 2013, 6 p.m. (ET)
Tatyana McFadden crosses the finish line at the 2013 Chicago Marathon
The Chicago Marathon marked the third marathon of the year won by Tatyana McFadden.

Tatyana McFadden
Tatyana McFadden capped-off a historic year by winning the New York Marathon. She won six world titles and four marathon titles throughout 2013.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tatyana McFadden is the lone Paralympic athlete nominated for USA Track & Field's Fan's Choice Awards. Behind a banner year that included six world titles and four marathon victories, McFadden is one of five nominees for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.

Fans can vote for McFadden through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 1 by clicking here.

“I am honored to be a nominee for USA Track & Field's Fan's Choice Awards in the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year category alongside such accomplished able-bodied athletes,” Tatyana McFadden said. “Although I am being recognized for my performances, this nomination represents a breakthrough for every athlete in the Paralympic Movement. I am so thankful for my coach and the competitors who have pushed me and our sport to a new level. The Paralympic Movement is in a great place and we’re only getting better.”

McFadden, a 10-time Paralympic track and field medalist over three Paralympic Games (2004, 2008 and 2012), accomplished two historic feats in 2013. As a marathon racer, she completed a marathon grand slam, taking titles in Boston, London, Chicago and then New York earlier this month.

She set history in July by becoming the first athlete to win six gold medals at a single International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships. In Lyon, she earned hardware in the women’s 100-, 200-, 400-, 800-, 1500- and 5,000 meter T54, with gold medals coming in the 100m and 1500m on the same day.

On a temporary hiatus from track and field, McFadden has now turned her attention to qualifying for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in cross-country skiing. She is in her first season with the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team.

Amanda Bingson, Mary Cain, Brenda Martinez and Ryan Wilson are also nominated for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.