Born with spina bifida in St Petersburg, Russia, McFadden was an unwanted child and was sent to an orphanage, where without a wheelchair, she was left to walk using her hands for the next six years.
In 1994, she was adopted by Debbie McFadden, who was working as the commissioner of disabilities for the USA’s health department, moved to the USA and took up Paralympic Sport to help regain her health.
In 2014 she became the first person ever to win the Boston, London, Chicago and New York Marathons in one year.
There’s a reason American Tatyana McFadden is nicknamed “Beast.”
After winning a record-breaking six gold medals in dominant fashion at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France in July, McFadden has her sights set on Paralympic success in 2014 with the USA’s nordic skiing team.
McFadden was named to USA’s 2013-14 World Cup squad back in June. She accomplished this feat due to the same endurance and strength that her made her such a success on the IPC Athletics circuit on the international level.