Hannah McFadden

Hannah McFadden


The backstory:
Hannah McFadden was born without a femur in her left leg and is an above the knee amputee. She was adopted after birth from Albania and quickly found a love for sports. Having tried almost everyone at least once, in her later teenage years she honed in on track. At just 16, McFadden entered in the London 2012 Paralympic Games as the youngest member on the track and field team. Also, in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, she placed 4th in the 100m and 7th in the 400m. McFadden has earned 4 bronze medals total in the World Championships, in the 100m and 200m in both 2015 and 2017. She is hopeful to become a three-time Paralympian as a tough contender for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games.

Away from track and field:
McFadden attended the University of Illinois where she earned her Bachelors in Advertising.

In their own words:
“I really just like going fast. Once you start running, you can’t think about anything else. You don’t think really at all. Just all the sudden your body takes over, and I like that out-of-body experience.”

“My foot was getting in the way of having a knee in my prosthetic leg, so we decided that was the best solution. It wasn’t like I was sick or had been in an accident, so it was weird to voluntarily make that decision, but I wanted to be more physically independent. Before then, I needed to hop everywhere or use crutches, and I remember desperately wanting to learn to ride a bike.”

Learn more:
Team USA: “Hannah McFadden Track and Field”
International Paralympic Committee: “Hannah McFadden USA Athletics”
World Para Athletics: “Dubai 2019: McFadden aiming for top after remarkable journey”
The New York Times: “A Paralympian Races to Remove Obstacles for the Next Generation”
USA Today: “Hannah McFadden Sprints out of Sister’s Shadow”
The Baltimore Sun: “Inseparable McFadden sisters bond over sports, will compete in Paralympics track and field”
Now This: “6 Olympic & Paralympic Hopefuls To Watch Ahead of The 2021 Tokyo Games”


Paralympian 2016

4th 🏅


  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Limb Difference: 
  • DOB: 12/23/96
  • Residence: Colorado Springs, CO
  • College: U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Previous Games: 2016
  • Classification: T54


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