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Take A Peek Behind The Scenes With Paralympian Tatyana McFadden

She is inarguably one of the greatest marathoners (with Grand Slams to prove it!) and she holds 17 medals from five Paralympic Games.

No other marathoner is as accomplished as Tatyana McFadden, so we’re honored to feature her this month, as she returns to Boston and London for back-to-back weekends of going 26.2. Cover photo: Bruce Buckley

Major Marathoner — Paralympian Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana’s first marathon was Chicago in 2009, which she won! In 2013, she won Boston, London, Chicago and New York, and became the first person ever win a Grand Slam—four World Marathon Majors in one year. Then she did it again in 2014 and 2015!

Apparel Appeal

For our photo shoot near her home in Maryland, Tatyana sported a cute outfit from her sponsor Nike, including the Dry Tank ($50) and Power Epic Lux printed full-length tights ($120, both at nike.com).

Bejeweled

Tatyana has 17 medals from five Paralympic Games—the first two were in Athens when she was 15.

Trickster

Her race chair for the Paralympics, made by BMW, was a patriotic red, white and blue. No matter the chair, she’s a pro at wheelies!

Nom, Nom, Nom

When she’s training, it’s no problem to eat 5,000 calories a day.

Through the Pages

In 2016, Tatyana published her first book, an autobiography chronicling her memories of growing up in an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia, through competing at the Paralympics for the first time at age 14 and beyond. The title, Ya Sama! Moments From My Life, comes from the Russian phrase “I, myself” or “I can do it,” representing Tatyana’s guiding principle that anything can be accomplished with self-belief. $10, amazon.com