New York Post

While the ESPYs were celebrated for activism and altruism and awkward red-carpet humor, perhaps the most meaningful awards of the evening may have gone relatively unnoticed:

The winners of Best Female and Male Athlete with a Disability were Tatyana McFadden and Richard Browne.

McFadden, a wheelchair racer, was born with spina bifida that paralyzed her from the waist down. She spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage with not so much as a wheelchair, and learned to walk on her hands to keep up with other children. She was brought to the United States after being adopted by her mother, Deborah.

McFadden, 27, made her Paralympic debut in Athens in 2004 at just 15 years old, the youngest member of Team USA. At the 2013 World Championships, she became the first athlete in history to win six gold medals at the same competition (100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meters). She won titles on the marathon circuit in 2015 in Chicago, Boston, London and New York City to complete her third Grand Slam victory.

ESPYS 2016

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