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U of I wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden on ‘Focus’

10 am Thursday, Oct. 17, on WILL-AM: McFadden talks about her Chicago Marathon win this past weekend and her preparations for the New York City Marathon.

Tatyana McFadden as she wins the Chicago Marathon

Tatyana McFadden as she wins the Chicago Marathon AP Photo

On Sunday, Tatyana McFadden won the Chicago Marathon breaking a course record and becoming the first wheelchair athlete to win three major marathons in a year. In less than three weeks, McFadden will compete for a fourth title at the ING New York City Marathon. During the Focus interview, host Jim Meadows talks with Tatyana about why she’s fond of marathons, how she’s preparing for her upcoming race in New York and where she keeps her race medals.

McFadden was born in Russia and spent the first six years of her life walking on her hands in an orphanage. During this interview, we also hear from her about how that has contributed to the upper-body strength vital to her racing success.

Then, we'll hear from Marissa Seibel, co-founder of IntelliWheels, a Champaign-based company that makes geared wheelchair wheels and is starting to test prototypes for new racing wheelchair wheels. IntelliWheels athlete Josh George, who was the first American male to finish this past weekend's Chicago Marathon, taking third place overall, also joins us.