Tatyana McFadden shared her story, from being adopted in Russia to becoming a dominant Paralympic track and field athlete, during an appearance on The Ellen Show that aired Wednesday.
McFadden told host Ellen DeGeneres that she prepared for the appearance by asking First Lady Michelle Obama for advice last week at the White House. In their 10-second encounter, Obama told McFadden to “have fun, because [DeGeneres] is fun and crazy.”
DeGeneres thanked McFadden by presenting her with wheelchair spinners:
Watch the full episode here.
McFadden will race Sunday at the Chicago Marathon. She has won the race every year since 2011.
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I think my face said it all!!! I was still shocked on stage that I got to meet Ellen on the @theellenshow!!! I was trying so hard not to fan girl (screaming in excitement while waving your arms). THANK YOU again for having me, what an honor!!!!! I loved everybody there ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️I hoped everyone enjoyed my story❤️❤️❤️❤️