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Deborah McFadden had no idea that when she adopted her daughter Tatyana from a Russian orphanage that she would grow up to become an elite athlete. Tatyana McFadden was born with spinal bifida, a congenital disability that had paralyzed her

The gold medal-winning star of the US women's hockey team on becoming an instant celebrity, making her brothers cry, and why she hides her ponytail for games. Photographs by Chad Griffith Styling by Marisa Ellison Hair and Makeup by Rieko Shiba Most Olympic athletes

Nate Ebner knew he had a difficult choice. As a safety and special teams player for the New England Patriots, Ebner’s fearlessness and commitment were rewarded this past offseason with a two-year, $2.4 million contract. But when he learned that

 When you are the world’s fastest man, a hundredth of a second can be the difference between appearing on a Wheaties box and having your opponent take a permanent seat on your breakfast table for four years. That’s why if