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McFadden's adopted mom to be visited the orphanage on a work trip and fell in love with Tatyana. An athlete, but more importantly, an advocate. McFadden was both thrilled to be featured in the film and to work on it as a producer and provide opportunities for more disabled people to contribute to the film. ------------------------------------------, Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. You definitely want to highlight the sports aspect of it though, I mean, I don't have the flexibility to do bow and arrow. I wasn't grandfathered in the last Games. Recently Tatyana hosted a Zoom discussion with the other athletes and Prince Harry. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, "Rising Phoenix" also focuses on the career of Tatyana McFadden, one of the Paralympics' most decorated athletes. Rising Phoenix Out Now on Netflix — Tatyana McFadden Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. Tatyana McFadden is one of the athletes featured and is also a producer on the film. You feel really empowered inside. She has 17 Paralympic medals (including seven gold medals), 23 World Major Marathon wins including four consecutive Grand Slams (first place in Boston, Chicago, NYC and London marathons in the same year) and has broken five world records in track and field. Tatyana McFadden can rightly claim to be the fastest woman It's a documentary everyone should see. Tatyana McFadden in Rising Phoenix Photo: Netflix. In 2004, when I came home at 15 years old, I was like, "Well, I guess it's not a big deal because people aren't celebrating." Matt Stutzman does it with his feet and he has a Guinness World Record for doing it for three football fields' length. Yes, I do. But its for the love of the sport. An image taken from above of athlete Tatyana McFadden, a caucasian woman with brown hair, pulled back in a ponytail, seated in a racing wheelchair. She’s been doing virtual races and preparing for the Tokyo paralympic games next summer. And then there's myself in the cornfields.

Do you have thoughts on that quote? Because when you talk about diversity today and you talk about pushing for equality, that's everything that we are talking about in this film. "I was supposed to move into the adult orphanage at the age of six, but I was thankfully kept there a little longer in the baby orphanage. Tatyana was born in Russia but grew up in Howard County. Speaking of power, I was really struck by some of the strong visuals presented in the film — swimmer Ellie Cole's gorgeous slow motion scenes underwater, your scene in the fields, the cheetah that is filmed running. Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. “Sports can change and normalize everything and so does Hollywood, and so does film and so does documentary,” McFadden said. I think this film allows people to see the athlete first. So, I think when you're looking at all these stories, all these athletes go through a struggle in their life, a very significant struggle. People are thirsty for sports and they're thirsty for some education. And the directors were like, "Well, we want to bring a sense of elegance to the film." I actually got a few questions like, "Oh, is it too elegant?" So, every athlete has a different viewpoint, of course, but I think in this film you saw the sports side through filming — camera angles, their muscles, the specific designs and showing highlights of the game.

But in my 16 years of competing, I'm finally going to go in with equal pay for Tokyo 2021. For three years in a row, Tatyana has the record for the only grand slam, which means she won the Boston, London, Chicago and New York all — three years in a row.

When we first started filming, I was like, "Hey, we have a lot of stigmas to break here . I knew the athletes would need to be talked about in a certain way and interviewed in a certain way, so [Bonhôte and Ettedgui] were very open to honest discussions and they're great. The pandemic has not slowed Tatyana down. Tatyana is not only one of the athletes featured; she’s also a producer influencing how their story was told. That reason- and miracle- was Deborah McFadden, a commissioner of disabilities for the United States Health Department. I think once people watch this, they will be more drawn to the Paralympics because they don't have to sit there and compare themselves to others. "Rising Phoenix" is currently streaming on Netflix.

Tell me about the inspiration behind the title — obviously it was Bebe Vio's nickname, but what were you wanting to signal to viewers? WJZ’s Linh Bui first met Tatyana six years ago. I think what was also really hard  was that the Paralympics weren't celebrated before when we came home.

Bebe Vio talks about wanting to know people's stories because they are illuminating, but then you have Jonnie Peacock who said that in preparation for the Paralympics it was refreshing to focus on sport, not story. And I was like, "No, it is not."

I didn't really think of myself as a professional athlete. There is this idea that you burn, you die, you burn again and then you live. Tatyana McFadden Goes for Gold in Netflix’s Rising Phoenix 17-time Paralympic medal winner on fighting for equity and visibility in sport. "She ( Tatyana's birth mom ) thought well in hope for her to have a better life that's why she put me in the orphanage, maybe one day I'll be adopted, maybe one day I would become something. A new Netflix documentary “Rising Phoenix” explains the history of the paralympic games and follows the journeys of nine elite athletes including Maryland’s Tatyana McFadden — “the fastest woman in the world.”. Yeah, so I think the film is going to help.