The Beast – Tatyana McFadden

On 30 August, 2012, in 2012 Games, Experience 2012, by Olympic.Outreach

Voted one of the “Top Ten stars to watch” for the Paralympics, wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden is on track for Gold as she looks to compete in the 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, and a full marathon. With such a huge range of events and distances, Tatyana has embarked on a grueling training regime that has earned her the nickname the “Beast”.  In discussing what it takes to become a world-class Paralympian, McFadden said, “You work so hard. You work for four years, every single day 24/7”.

The Russian born Tatyana was introduced to sport at an early age. She fondly recalls that, “When I arrived in America, there was something about sports I just got involved with.” With the strong support of her mother, a former Commissioner of Disabilities for the US Health Department,  acting as a constant source of encouragement, Tatyana said that “I had a dream, and I had a goal, that I wanted to be an Olympian someday”.  Having achieved that dream in the Athens Games at the age of 15, Tatyana has now raised the bar and the number of events she will compete in.

When asked about London, Tatyana… “thinks it’s gonna be a phenomenal event. An event that no one will have ever seen before”. Her experience in Athens and Beijing have made the veteran all the more focused on winning, but also excited for these games will offer, “Each games, a new country sets the benchmark. I think London is going to do just that”.