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    Not coincidence. Obviously, he had been watching Olympics and had no time for revolutionary struggle.
    "Невозможно передать смысл иностранной фразы, не разрушив при этом её первоначальную структуру."

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxmixiv View Post
    Not coincidence. Obviously, he had been watching Olympics and had no time for revolutionary struggle.
    True. I hear Alyesha is a big fan of women's curling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil View Post

    'endure the Horrors of a Russian orphanage' - that's nice. Heard it somewhere or invented yourself? BBC perhaps... or was it NY Times?

    An orphan house from Russian hell:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAMFH2vaaHY

    Video of Russian orphans being beaten sparks outrage | World news | theguardian.com

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    Будем болеть за Танечку! С 2013 года она также лыжница.





    Tatyana McFadden



    About Tatyana

    At the University of Illinois Tatyana McFadden’s teammates on the school’s wheelchair racing team have nicknamed her Beast. Why? Because Tatyana is strong. In the gym people stop and gawk at how much she is lifting. In a road race spectators marvel at how she flies up hills that bring other racers to a crawl. On the track her competitors hang their heads as they see Tatyana’s rippling shoulders cross the finish line ahead of them. Tatyana is strong as a beast.

    When Tatyana hears the nickname, however, she giggles. Being strong is not something Tatyana has ever had to think about, it is something that she has embodied her whole life.

    By all accounts Tatyana should not be one of the top female athletes in the world. She probably should not be alive. She was born in 1988 in St. Petersburg, Russia, with an underdeveloped spinal cord resulting in paralyzation below the waist and a hole in her spine, a condition know as spina bifida. When operated on immediately, spina bifida is rarely life threatening. Tatyana was left for 21 days before doctors operated. Only her innate strength of will kept her alive.

    As an unwanted disabled child, Tatyana was immediately sent to an orphanage after her surgery. She grew up in a place so poor they could not buy crayons for the children to color with let alone a wheelchair for Tatyana to get around in. Unfazed, she spent the first six years of her life using her arms as legs and walking on her hands as if the were feet.

    In 1994, Debbie McFadden, working as the commissioner of disabilities for the U.S. Health Department, visited Tatyana’s orphanage on a business trip. When she met Tatyana, she immediately felt a connection with the young girl and decided to adopt her and bring her to the United States.

    For Tatyana the adoption meant freedom, it meant a real family, and it meant her first wheelchair, but the excitement was short lived. When she arrived in the US she grew very sick. She was severely anemic and grossly under weight and doctors thought she would only survive a few more months. For a second time in her short life Tatyana’s innate strength would defy the odds.

    To aid in her recovery Debbie began to enroll Tatyana in various youth sports groups. Tatyana began taking swimming lessons at the local pool and, a year after she arrived in the US, began participating with the Bennet Blazers, a Baltimore, Maryland area wheelchair sports organization.

    No longer having to use her strength for survival, Tatyana quickly found she could use that strength to excel in athletics. She tried every sport she could find from archery, to ping-pong to basketball, but from the start she fell in love with wheelchair racing.

    It did not take long for Tatyana’s racing career to take off. In 2004, at the age of 15, she was the youngest member of the USA track and field team at the Athens Paralympic Games, her first international competition. She shocked the world in the process, winning a silver medal in the 100 meters and a bronze in the 200m.

    Two short years later, Tatyana etched her name in the record books, winning the gold medal in the 100m in world record time at the 2006 IPC World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. She followed that performance with two silver medal performances in the 200m and 400m, securing a spot as a “Beast” in international wheelchair racing heading in the 2008 Beijing Parlaympic Games.

    Tatyana did not disappoint in Beijing, coming home with four medals, winning silver in the 200m, 400m and 800m and a bronze in the 4x100m relay.

    Off the track Tatyana is pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois, and works as a national advocate for equal access for people with disabilities. Learn more about Tatyana’s off-the-field work in Causes.


    Major Achievements


    2014
    : World Cup Oberstdorf, 9th 12k, 10th 1km, 11th 5km;
    U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 1km, 3rd 5k

    2013
    : World Cup Cable, Wis., 4th 15km, 5th 5km, 1km;
    World Cup Canmore, 7th 1km, 11th 5km;
    U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 1km;
    Named to U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team

    2013
    : London Marathon, 1st;
    Boston Marathon, 1st;
    Chicago Marathon, 1st;
    New York City Marathon, 1st;
    IPC Athletics World Championships, 1st 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m

    2012
    : London 2012 Paralympic Games, 1st 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3rd 100m;
    Chicago Marathon, 1st

    2011
    : IPC World Championships, 1st 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3rd 100m

    2010
    : New York City Marathon, 1st

    2009: First place, Chicago Marathon

    2008: Silver medals, 200m, 400m, 800m; bronze medal, Women's 4 x100m relay - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China.

    2007: Gold medals, 200m, 800m - U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, Atlanta, GA;
    Gold medals 400m, 800m - Visa Paralympic World Cup, Manchester, UK;
    Gold medal 200m (WR) - Boiling Point Wheelchair Track Classic, Windsor, Canada

    2006: Gold medal, 100m (WR); Silver medals, 200m, 400m - IPC World Championships, Assen, The Netherlands

    2005: Gold medal, 100m; Silver medals, 400m, 800m; Bronze medal, 200m - IPC Open European National Championships, Espoo, Finland

    2004: Silver Medal, 100m; Bronze medal, 200m Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece

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    Bravo, Tatyana, you amazing, inspirational woman! Bravo, Debbie McFadden!

    As for those people who've taken away the opportunity to live a better life from handicapped Russian orphans - shame on you!

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    Танечка со своей биологической мамой в окружении родственников.


    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...-birth-mother/

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2014/03/10/tatyana-mcfadden-sochi-paralympics/6268867/


    ...In track, her accomplishments are unrivaled. Last year, McFadden completed an unprecedented Grand Slam, winning Boston, London, Chicago and New York marathons in one year. At the world championships she won six golds in six different distances. In between preparing for Sochi in her new sport, she graduated from the University of Illinois in December.


    Still, she's a rookie when it comes to sports on snow. After returning with three golds from the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London, she tried skiing for the first time, made the national team and earned five top-10 finishes in the first three World Cups of her Nordic career.


    Learning the technique, adjusting to the various course conditions has been a challenge. "This (12K) race is absolutely the hardest for me because distance races take a lot of technique and a lot of strength so I am really proud of myself," said McFadden, who prefers the sprint races, which are still to come.
    "In Germany at the World Cup I was in ninth, so to go from ninth to fifth in the last couple of weeks makes me extremely happy."

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