I Felt Like I Wasn’t An Elite Athlete’: Tatyana McFadden On Why Paralympic Representation Is Crucial

The Tokyo Paralympic Games kick off on August 24, and all eyes are on renowned wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden. The athlete isn’t unfamiliar with attention. She’s been competing since she was a kid, and she became the youngest member of Team USA. Since, she’s accumulated 17 Summer Paralympic medals. In her teens, her activism began to draw widespread attention when, as a high school student, she sued for the right to compete in her racing chair in high school athletics, pushing boundaries and setting the groundwork for what would later become the Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students With Disabilities Act. To read more, check out this Refinery29 article.

Alec Yoder: An Olympic Story by Deanna Hong

“A few days ago Alec Yoder competed in the 2020 Olympic pommel horse final and ended up 6th in the world, an amazing accomplishment. Especially considering the fact that he spent most of the pandemic driving DoorDash every day to make ends meet, as the result of being overlooked for the US National Team and not receiving funding. This is the story of a man who knew his worth and believed in himself, even when others did not.”

Watch this incredible first video below.