17 Notable Podium Visits in 2017

By Kendra Hansey | Dec. 28, 2017, 2:45 a.m. (ET)

A year filled with outstanding accolades and achievements, we reflect on 17 notable podium visits of 2017.

Tatyana McFadden (left) who won gold in the women's 200m T54 final kisses her sister Hannah McFadden (right) who won bronze in the same event at the World Para Athletics Championships in London. This marks the first international podium shared by the siblings. Tatyana, who underwent multiple surgeries three months prior for blood clots, swept in all four of her events to become the most successful female athlete of the Championships.

At the World Para Swimming Championships, Jessica Long added another eight gold medals to bring her world championships medal count to 46.

Debora Campos (center) came to compete at the USA Shooting National Championship without an affiliated federation and shot the highest score. When medals were awarded, Hope Lewellen (left, U.S.) and Issy Bailey (right, U.K. – who won the gold medal instead), invited her up to the podium to sit in the gold medal position since she would have been a winner if she had an affiliated federation. Lewellen and Bailey even asked if there was a medal that could be presented to her since she earned it.

Going back-to-back-to-back, Lex Gillette defended his title for the third time in the men's long jump T11 final in the Olympic Stadium at the World Para Athletics Championships.

USA went undefeated throughout the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Americas Championship in Asuncion, Paraguay, to claim gold. Josh Wheeler (pictured) was named Most Valuable Player.

Team USA clinched its fourth straight silver in Para-rowing mixed coxed four at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Nineteen-year-old Sam Grewe won the men’s high jump T42, defending his world title at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

Shawn Morelli defended her C4 pursuit world title at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.

Breanna Clark won the women’s 400m T20 in a world record time of 56.33 in the London Olympic Stadium at the World Para Athletics Championships.

U.S. tops Canada, 3-2, for its fourth straight title at the World Hockey Sled Challenge in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Andrew Kurka brought home three medals – one of each colored hardware – at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships.

DJ Robinson (front left) clinched his first national title in the men's B kilo time trial. The U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships marked the first event Robinson and pilot Kyle Knott paired up and raced together in. The duo had been practicing together for the last six months after Knott called Robinson, who was considering quitting the sport, asking him to partner with him.

Issac Jean-Paul made his Paralympic debut this year and quickly made his mark after breaking the high jump T13 world record three times on his way to winning the gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships. Jean-Paul also won the long jump bronze medal in London.

Multi-sport Paralympian Oksana Masters (center) delivered at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau, Germany, snagging one biathlon and three cross-country gold medals. She not only won her first world title at the event, but she made history as the first U.S. woman to win a world time in Nordic skiing since IPC records were maintained.

Jeremy Campbell takes gold for his third consecutive world title in the men's discus throw F44 final at the London Olympic Stadium.

Paralympian Annie Peavy earned Grade IV 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year and is aiming for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in Tryon, North Carolina.

After taking off last season, Brenna Huckaby won back-to-back gold medals at the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships in Big White, Canada.