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Tatyana McFadden

5 out of 5

Paralympic Wheelchair Racer, Nordic Skier, 4-time World Major Marathon Grand Slam Winner & 17-time Paralympic Medalist

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 Tatyana McFadden Biography

There are very few athletes in history who have achieved so much under such unique circumstances. Born with spina bifida, Tatyana McFadden spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage with virtually nothing, not even a wheelchair. Paralyzed from the waist down, and with no other way to move, she learned to walk on her hands simply to keep up with the other children. Little did she know that the powerful arms and hands she began to develop as a small child would someday carry her around the globe as one of the world’s greatest athletes.

In 1994, Deborah McFadden, then Commissioner of Disabilities for the U.S. Department of Health, came upon McFadden while visiting her orphanage on an otherwise routine business trip. She felt a connection, that they were meant to be together. Deborah adopted McFadden, brought her to the United States and gave her both a wheelchair and a new start on life.

Adjusting to her new home was not easy. Her lack of nutrition and proper healthcare in the orphanage made her weak and sickly. She enrolled in various sports groups in hopes that it would build her strength. McFadden tried every sport she could find; wheelchair basketball, swimming, ice hockey, and even scuba diving. From the start she fell in love with wheelchair racing— a sport in which her powerful arms immediately brought success. And so it began, McFadden’s extraordinary life as an athlete.

In 2004, at the age of 15, McFadden made her Paralympic debut in Athens. She was the youngest member of Team USA. She returned from Greece with her first two medals and a hunger to become the best. Two years later she won gold at the World Championships and set a new World Record in the 100-meter event.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, at the age of 19, and still in the infancy of her athletic career, she earned four more medals. In London, in 2012, she added another four medals including three gold. One year later, at the 2013 World Championships, she became the first athlete in history to win six gold medals at the same competition. In 2014, at the Sochi Winter Paralympics, she won a silver in her debut in nordic skiing. In 2016, at the Rio Paralympics, McFadden continued her dominance in wheelchair racing by winning four gold and two silver medals. Currently, she holds 17 Paralympic medals (seven gold, seven silver, and three bronze, and 14 World Track and Field Championship medals (twelve gold, once silver, and one bronze).

McFadden challenged herself with the professional marathon circuit in 2009, coming in first place in the Chicago Marathon. In 2013 she became the first man or woman, able-bodied or disabled, to win the Grand Slam (four World Major Marathons in the same year). In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she repeated her wins of all four major marathons for an unprecedented four years in a row.

McFadden is now pursuing her graduate degree in Education at University of Illinois, having finished her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies there. When she isn’t racing or studying, she works encouraging all youth as a national advocate for healthy lifestyle thorough sports and nutrition, is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, and is on the board of the Spina Bifida Association of Illinois.

She is actively involved in advancing the rights of people with disabilities. McFadden’s efforts are credited for the passage of the Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act, requiring schools to give students with disabilities the opportunity to compete in interscholastic athletics, as well as federal legislation that ensures students with disabilities across the USA have equal access.

McFadden regularly speaks about her experiences as a person with a disability, an orphan and being an elite athlete. She has appeared on national and international television and radio often including The Ellen Show, The Today Show, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and Piers Morgan.

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Tatyana McFadden

5 out of 5

Paralympic Wheelchair Racer, Nordic Skier, 4-time World Major Marathon Grand Slam Winner & 17-time Paralympic Medalist

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Tatyana McFadden Biography

There are very few athletes in history who have achieved so much under such unique circumstances. Born with spina bifida, Tatyana McFadden spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage with virtually nothing, not even a wheelchair. Paralyzed from the waist down, and with no other way to move, she learned to walk on her hands simply to keep up with the other children. Little did she know that the powerful arms and hands she began to develop as a small child would someday carry her around the globe as one of the world’s greatest athletes.

In 1994, Deborah McFadden, then Commissioner of Disabilities for the U.S. Department of Health, came upon McFadden while visiting her orphanage on an otherwise routine business trip. She felt a connection, that they were meant to be together. Deborah adopted McFadden, brought her to the United States and gave her both a wheelchair and a new start on life.

Adjusting to her new home was not easy. Her lack of nutrition and proper healthcare in the orphanage made her weak and sickly. She enrolled in various sports groups in hopes that it would build her strength. McFadden tried every sport she could find; wheelchair basketball, swimming, ice hockey, and even scuba diving. From the start she fell in love with wheelchair racing— a sport in which her powerful arms immediately brought success. And so it began, McFadden’s extraordinary life as an athlete.

In 2004, at the age of 15, McFadden made her Paralympic debut in Athens. She was the youngest member of Team USA. She returned from Greece with her first two medals and a hunger to become the best. Two years later she won gold at the World Championships and set a new World Record in the 100-meter event.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, at the age of 19, and still in the infancy of her athletic career, she earned four more medals. In London, in 2012, she added another four medals including three gold. One year later, at the 2013 World Championships, she became the first athlete in history to win six gold medals at the same competition. In 2014, at the Sochi Winter Paralympics, she won a silver in her debut in nordic skiing. In 2016, at the Rio Paralympics, McFadden continued her dominance in wheelchair racing by winning four gold and two silver medals. Currently, she holds 17 Paralympic medals (seven gold, seven silver, and three bronze, and 14 World Track and Field Championship medals (twelve gold, once silver, and one bronze).

McFadden challenged herself with the professional marathon circuit in 2009, coming in first place in the Chicago Marathon. In 2013 she became the first man or woman, able-bodied or disabled, to win the Grand Slam (four World Major Marathons in the same year). In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she repeated her wins of all four major marathons for an unprecedented four years in a row.

McFadden is now pursuing her graduate degree in Education at University of Illinois, having finished her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies there. When she isn’t racing or studying, she works encouraging all youth as a national advocate for healthy lifestyle thorough sports and nutrition, is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, and is on the board of the Spina Bifida Association of Illinois.

She is actively involved in advancing the rights of people with disabilities. McFadden’s efforts are credited for the passage of the Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act, requiring schools to give students with disabilities the opportunity to compete in interscholastic athletics, as well as federal legislation that ensures students with disabilities across the USA have equal access.

McFadden regularly speaks about her experiences as a person with a disability, an orphan and being an elite athlete. She has appeared on national and international television and radio often including The Ellen Show, The Today Show, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and Piers Morgan.

Tatyana McFadden Videos

  • Tatyana McFadden | My Greatest
    My Greatest with Tatyana McFadden. US world and Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden talks about her greatest inspirations and challenges in the...
  • Tatyana McFadden, Graduation Speaker
    The 2017 University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduation ceremony was held on April 27, 2017 at Hill Auditorium.
  • History-Making Paralympian Tatyana McFadden Is Here!
    The world record-holding Paralympian track athlete shared her incredible story and inspiring outlook with Ellen!

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  • How to book Tatyana McFadden?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tatyana McFadden for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Tatyana McFadden, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tatyana McFadden or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tatyana McFadden?

    Booking fees for Tatyana McFadden, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tatyana McFadden, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tatyana McFadden?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tatyana McFadden for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tatyana McFadden for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tatyana McFadden or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tatyana McFadden or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tatyana McFadden is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tatyana McFadden for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Tatyana McFadden generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Brad Snyder, J.R. Martinez, Shannon Miller, Jim Morris and Dave Dravecky. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tatyana McFadden for an upcoming event.

Tatyana McFadden Speaker Videos

  • Tatyana McFadden | My Greatest
    My Greatest with Tatyana McFadden. US world and Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden talks about her greatest inspirations and challenges in the final part of our #MyGreatest series!
    Tatyana McFadden, Graduation Speaker
    The 2017 University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduation ceremony was held on April 27, 2017 at Hill Auditorium.
  • History-Making Paralympian Tatyana McFadden Is Here!
    The world record-holding Paralympian track athlete shared her incredible story and inspiring outlook with Ellen!
    Meet Tatyana McFadden, Paralympic Wheelchair Racer
    Get to know Tatyana McFadden, of Champaign, IL, as she continues on her journey to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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