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2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 6

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 13: Silver medalist Tatyana McFadden of the United States, gold medalist Mariann Marthisen of Norway and bronze medalist Marta Zaynullina of Russia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the women's 1km sprint, sitting cross-country during day six of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 13,2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Tatyana McFadden's first Winter Paralympic Games

The Associated Press

Born in Russia but raised in the U.S., Paralympic athlete Tatyana McFadden has won scores of medals in the Summer Games, including three golds and a bronze in London's Games in 2012, where she also made history by competing with her sister Hannah, who also races in a wheelchair. She also recently set athletic records when she managed four marathon wins in 2013, making her the first athlete, able-bodied or not, to ever achieve this milestone. That same year, she also became the first athlete to win six gold medals at a championships during the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, claiming gold in every distance, from 100m up to 5000m

But the Sochi Paralympics are significant for McFadden -- who on Day 5 won silver in the women's 1km sprint, sitting cross-country skiing event -- but not only because she is competing for the first time in the Winter Games. McFadden, who along with her adopted mother spoke out in recent years against a Russian law preventing adoption of Russian children by American, has also reunited with her Russian birth mother in Sochi.