Marketing Female Athletes will be spotlighting athletes in different sports leading up to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Some of them you may have already heard about but there definitely will be many whom you’ve never heard about until here and now!
We couldn’t miss presenting this feature in Week 15!
There’s a reason American Tatyana McFadden is nicknamed “Beast.” After suffering unimaginable challenges as a paralytic in an orphanage in her native Russia, she has made her adoptive American family and herself proud by shattering obstacle and records and becoming a two-time Paralympic medalist. She is an 11x gold medal winner in different meter events, the winner of the Women’s Wheelchair division of the 2013 Boston Marathon, and was the 2013 ESPY nominee for Best Athlete with a Disability. But being a champion in her summer track & field events isn’t enough.
After winning a record-breaking six gold medals in dominant fashion at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, Tatyana has her sights set on Paralympic success in 2014 with the USA’s Nordic Skiing team! Of this new challenge she says: “I think it is the next step, it’s a tough sport, it’s a fierce sport. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be intense. I’m excited to try this. I think it will make me an overall stronger person*.” Her chances of success in Sochi are almost guaranteed since she was named to the USA’s 2013-14 World Cup squad back in June, 2013. She accomplished this feat due to the same endurance and strength that made her such a success on the IPC Athletics circuit on the international level. Be sure to keep watching this amazing athlete continue to excel!
*”Will summer star Tatyana McFadden be in Sochi?”, Paralympic.org, August 13, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013.