Tatyana McFadden named USOC Athlete of the Month for April 2014
Just 32 days after winning a silver medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in cross-country skiing, Tatyana McFadden won the London Marathon.
Eight days after winning the London Marathon, Tatyana McFadden won the Boston Marathon.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top performances throughout April earned Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) and Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, California) Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Ice Hockey Team received Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced today. David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri), a visually impaired track & field athlete, was the male runner-up.
Just 32 days after winning a silver medal in cross-country skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, McFadden won two major marathons in an eight-day span during April. On April 13, she won the London Marathon women’s wheelchair race in a course-record time of 1:45.11. One week later, on her 25th birthday, the four-time U.S. Paralympian won the Boston Marathon with a time of 1:35.06. The wins marked the second consecutive titles for McFadden in both events.
McFadden is also on the shortlist for April's International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month award, the only American in consideration for the honor. The public can now vote for the winner at Paralympic.org until 6 a.m. ET on May 9. No registration is required for voting.
Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 on April 1. Keflezighi crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 2:08.37. He is the oldest man to win the Boston Marathon since 1931.
The U.S. captured its eighth gold medal at the IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship, held April 17-27 in Lappeenranta, Finland. The U.S. finished the tournament with an overall record of 6-0-0-1 and posted two shutouts en route to the gold medal. The victory marked Team USA’s fifth tournament title in the last six years and its 11th consecutive top-three finish in the tournament.
Volleyball athlete Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, California) finished runner-up and gymnast Elizabeth Price (Coopersburg, Pennsylvania) claimed third in the female vote. On the men’s side, track & field athlete Brown (St. Louis, Missouri), who set two world records at the Mt. SAC Relays, and gymnast John Orozco (Bronx, New York) earned second and third place. Volleyball athletes Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross finished second, while tennis team Bob and Mike Bryan finished third in the team category.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
- Tatyana McFadden, Paralympic Track & Field
- Kerri Walsh Jennings, Volleyball
- Elizabeth Price, Gymnastics
- Meb Keflezighi, Track & Field
- David Brown, Paralympic Track & Field
- John Orozco, Gymnastics
- U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team, Ice Hockey
- Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, Volleyball
- Bob and Mike Bryan, Tennis
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