Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland
What She Did This Year: McFadden won her seventh straight Chicago Marathon in October, breaking her own course record with a time of 1:39:15. Earlier this year she swept her events at the World Para Athletics Championships, winning the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter to bring her world title total to 16.
Why It Mattered: McFadden was hospitalized for blood clots in the spring, and two weeks after she was released she competed in the Boston Marathon, finishing fourth.
Fun Fact: McFadden was recently named Sports Illustrated’s 37th-fittest woman in sports, citing her ability to win races from the 200-meter all the way through marathons.
What’s Next: McFadden will finish out the major marathon season in New York, where she’ll look to win her fifth title in a row and record-breaking sixth win overall on Nov. 5.
Winners will be announced at the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of Year, which takes place on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on Dec. 23 on NBC.