McFadden Wins First Winter Paralympics Medal

Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – Tatyana McFadden of the United States added to her 10 Summer Paralympic medals by claiming her first of the Winter Games on Wednesday.

McFadden, who won three titles at the 2012 London Games in wheelchair racing, claimed silver in the cross-country one-kilometer sprint sitting event in Sochi.

Competing in the country of her birth, McFadden was cheered on by her Russian birth mother and her adopted American mother.

McFadden says “they were here all day holding out for me in the snow. They gave me a lot of extra energy and them being here pushed me forward in all my events.”

McFadden was born with spina bifida and moved to the U.S. at age 6.

She lives in Champaign and graduated from the University of Illinois.

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