RESIDENCE Champaign, IL
EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
McFadden has won 17 Paralympic medals in multiple Summer Paralympic Games. She also holds the world record in the 100, 400, 800, 1,500 and 5,000-meter races. Most recently, Tatyana won four gold medals at the Rio Paralympics. Her sponsors include BMW, Nike, BP Oil, and Coca-Cola.
The first black U.S. president might be on the way out, but the year also saw several African American firsts in literature, entertainment, politics and sports.
After winning the silver medal in the men’s individual sabre fencing at Rio, Daryl Homer became the first American in 112 years to claim second place in the event. He also became the first U.S. man to medal in the event since Peter Westbrook took home the bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Homer got his entry into the sport through the Peter Westbrook Foundation 15 years ago and has made two Olympic appearances.