Tatyana McFadden's first Winter Paralympic Games

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 6

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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.

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