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.

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)
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)
Mariann Marthinsen of Norway, right, celebrates her gold medal as Tatyana Mcfadden of United States, left, reacts to her 2nd place in final of the women's cross country 1km sprint, sitting event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
McFadden wins first Winter Paralympics medal
Mariann Marthinsen of Norway, right, celebrates her gold medal as Tatyana Mcfadden of United States, left, reacts to her 2nd place in final of the women's cross country 1km sprint, sitting event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 12: Silver medalist Tatyana McFadden of the United States, gold medalist Mariann Marthisen of Norway and bronze medalist Marta Zaynullina of Russia pose at the flower ceremony for the women's 1km sprint, sitting cross-country during day five of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 5
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 12: Silver medalist Tatyana McFadden of the United States, gold medalist Mariann Marthisen of Norway and bronze medalist Marta Zaynullina of Russia pose at the flower ceremony for the women's 1km sprint, sitting cross-country during day five of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 13: Silver medalist Tatyana McFadden of the United States celebrates 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)
2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 6
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 13: Silver medalist Tatyana McFadden of the United States celebrates 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)
Mariann Marthinsen of Norway, right, 1st place, Tatyana Mcfadden of United States, left, 2nd place, and Marta Zaynullina of Russia, rear right, 3rd place, finish in final of the women's cross country 1km sprint, sitting event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
McFadden wins first Winter Paralympics medal
Mariann Marthinsen of Norway, right, 1st place, Tatyana Mcfadden of United States, left, 2nd place, and Marta Zaynullina of Russia, rear right, 3rd place, finish in final of the women's cross country 1km sprint, sitting event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. skis during the women's 1 km sprint cross-country sitting event at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor, March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
McFadden of the U.S. skis during the women's 1 km sprint cross-country sitting event at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. skis during the women's 1 km sprint cross-country sitting event at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor, March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. skis during the women's 12 km cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. skis during the women's 12 km cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. skis during the women's 12 km cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. helps Norway's Birgit Skarstein (R) in the finish area during the women's 12 km cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. helps Norway's Birgit Skarstein in the finish area during the women's 12 km cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. helps Norway's Birgit Skarstein (R) in the finish area during the women's 12 km cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 09: Tatyana McFadden of USA competes in the Women's 12km Sitting Cross-Country Skiing event during day two of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 2
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 09: Tatyana McFadden of USA competes in the Women's 12km Sitting Cross-Country Skiing event during day two of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 09: Tatyana McFadden of USA competes in the women's 12km sitting cross-country skiing during day two of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 2
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 09: Tatyana McFadden of USA competes in the women's 12km sitting cross-country skiing during day two of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Womens Elite Wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden of USA receives her trophy from Prince Harry following the Virgin London Marathon 2013 on April 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Virgin London Marathon 2013
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Womens Elite Wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden of USA receives her trophy from Prince Harry following the Virgin London Marathon 2013 on April 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Tatyana McFadden of the United States and Marcel Hug of Switzerland celebrate the win of the Wheelchair division during the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
2013 ING New York City Marathon
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Tatyana McFadden of the United States and Marcel Hug of Switzerland celebrate the win of the Wheelchair division during the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 22: Tatyana McFadden of USA with her Gold medal in the Women's 5000m T54 during day three of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 22, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
IPC Athletics World Championships - Day Three
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 22: Tatyana McFadden of USA with her Gold medal in the Women's 5000m T54 during day three of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 22, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 25: Tatyana McFadden of USA on her way to winning the Women's 1500m T54 final during day six of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 25, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
IPC Athletics World Championships - Day Six
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 25: Tatyana McFadden of USA on her way to winning the Women's 1500m T54 final during day six of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 25, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 27: Tatyana McFadden of USA celebrates winning in the Women's 400m T54 final during day eight of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 27, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
IPC Athletics World Championships - Day Eight
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 27: Tatyana McFadden of USA celebrates winning in the Women's 400m T54 final during day eight of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 27, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 21: Tatyana McFadden of USA celebrates winning the Women's 5000m T54 final during day two of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 21, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
IPC Athletics World Championships - Day Two
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 21: Tatyana McFadden of USA celebrates winning the Women's 5000m T54 final during day two of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 21, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. celebrates as she wins the women's wheelchair division in the Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. celebrates as she wins the women's wheelchair division in the Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois
Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. celebrates as she wins the women's wheelchair division in the Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Tatyana Mcfadden of the United States celebrates as she wins gold in the Women's 800m T54 Final on day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
2012 London Paralympics - Day 7 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Tatyana Mcfadden of the United States celebrates as she wins gold in the Women's 800m T54 Final on day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Silver medallist Edith Wolf of Switzerland, gold medallist Tatyana Mcfadden of the United States and bronze medallist Lihong Zou of China pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 800m T54 Final on day 8 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
2012 London Paralympics - Day 8 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Silver medallist Edith Wolf of Switzerland, gold medallist Tatyana Mcfadden of the United States and bronze medallist Lihong Zou of China pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 800m T54 Final on day 8 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Tatyana McFadden of United States in action during the T54 Women's Marathon on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on The Mall on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
2012 London Paralympics - Day 11 - Athletics Marathon
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Tatyana McFadden of United States in action during the T54 Women's Marathon on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on The Mall on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Gold medallist Tatyana Mcfadden of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 800m T54 Final on day 8 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
2012 London Paralympics - Day 8 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Gold medallist Tatyana Mcfadden of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 800m T54 Final on day 8 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Tatyana McFadden of USA crosses the finishing line in the Women's T54 Marathon on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
2012 London Paralympics - Day 11 - Athletics Marathon
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Tatyana McFadden of USA crosses the finishing line in the Women's T54 Marathon on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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