Tatyana McFadden

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Birthday
21, 1989
Birthplace
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
21, 1989 (age 30)
Birthplace
Saint Petersburg, Russia

About

Decorated Paralympic wheelchair racer who became the youngest member, at 15 years of age, of the United States track & field national team in 2004.

Before Fame

She was born with spina bifida - a hole in her spine - and grew up using her arms to get around, without the aid of a wheelchair.

Trivia

When her high school refused to let her participate in sports alongside able-bodied peers, she sued and won her landmark case.

Family Life

She was adopted from a Russian orphanage by Deborah McFadden, who brought her to the U.S. and encouraged her sports activities.

Associated With

David Weir is another successful Paralympian, who helped pave the way for McFadden.