One of the biggest stars of the London 2012 Paralympics is going to Sochi.
Triple 2012 Paralympic track champion Tatyana McFadden was named to the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team on Wednesday. The Paralympics run March 7-16 and will be broadcast by NBC Sports and TeamUSA.org.
McFadden, born in Russia and adopted from an orphanage at age 6, captured the first major marathon “Grand Slam” in 2013, sweeping Boston, London, Chicago and New York City.
The 10-time Paralympic track medalist also won six gold medals at the Paralympic track World Championships in July.
She didn’t take up Nordic skiing until the 2012-13 season.
“I think (marathons are) a perfect foundation for cross-country skiing because it takes endurance and it takes strength,” McFadden said before the Nov. 3 New York City Marathon.
McFadden would like to follow in the path of Alana Nichols, the first American woman to win gold medals in the Summer and Winter Paralympics (wheelchair basketball in 2008 and Alpine skiing in 2010).
After Sochi, McFadden has said she will switch back to track and field, running more marathons and readying for the Rio Paralympics.
“They’re both extremely tough (sports),” McFadden said. “Marathons really take a lot of endurance out of you. For skiing, it’s really tough. Not only is it cold, but it also takes a lot of strength to get going.”
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.