Tatyana McFadden, Nation's fastest wheelchair racer at age 17 w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show07/29/06
TATYANA McFADDEN, Nationâ€™s Fastest Wheelchair Racer. Adopted at age 6 from a Russian orphanage, this young girl with spina bifida learned to walk on her hands to compensate for the lack of a wheelchair, She is in Tampa for the National Junior Disability Championships and has already won the 5,000 meters, 1,500, 8000, 200 and 100 â€“ and shattered national records for her class/age division (the 400 is Saturday morning). She also won the pentathlon and a table tennis competition. At 15 she was the youngest member of the U.S. Paralympic Track Team that competed in Athens, winning silver in the 100 meters and bronze in the 200. Earlier this month she won the 100 meters at the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Championships. She talks about her life and her goals for the future. Raised by her adoptive mother and her partner, in typical teen-age jargon, Tatyana called Florida laws restricting gay adoption â€œstupid.â€?