The story of a Belarusian woman who inspires Americans

A native of Belarus ran a marathon in the United States on two prosthetics. When she ran the marathon distance, it was as if her thighs were on fire – like a huge fire that couldn’t be put out.

“The feeling was really like a fire,” explains Tanya Hvitko-Trimborn. ” Not in the upper part of the body, but only in the lower, in the thighs, because I had to work them much harder.”

Tanya Khvitsko-Trimborn became the first female double bilateral congenital amputee to complete a marathon when she finished the Go! St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

She doesn’t remember the announcer at the finish line announcing her achievement with glee. Or the way people crowded around her when she plopped into the stroller.

“I would like to remember more. I remember that I started to cry – ” Tanya says. – It was like, ‘ Oh my God, I did it after all, and all my hard work paid off.’ And ” My thighs are burning.”
The Sunday before last, Tanya became the first woman with double bilateral congenital limb amputation to run the GO! marathon. in St. Louis.

Because of the Chernobyl radiation, she was born in Belarus with no legs and only four fingers on both hands. Today, instead of legs, the girl has two receptacles made of carbon fiber, one knee joint made of titanium and feet made of carbon plates.

In 2017, Tanya dropped out of the marathon, having run only 19 miles. In 2018, she completed it with an amazing time of 4 hours, 30 minutes and 36 seconds. The first marathon of her life.

“Tanino’s achievement shows that everyone can handle their own challenges, even when no one believes. This is a very cool example for inspiration, ” says Mona Langenberg, President of the GO! marathon in St. Louis.

Want to talk about coolness? Tanya is cool. She is fun, energetic, and at the same time businesslike, not afraid of difficulties, whether it is a climbing wall or getting a master’s degree in her second language.

This 27-year-old athlete has more than 19 thousand followers on Instagram, where she posts photos of herself running or working out with weights or flaunting her wedding dress in Lenexa, Kansas.

She was joking and he trains hard. She is a volunteer coach in the organization “Girls on the run” and participates in crossfit competitions as part of a team called “Assembly Required”.

“Tanya is Tanya. “She is just an incredible person, and she never ceases to amaze me with her kindness and the goals she sets for herself.”

Chernobyl affected an entire generation and changed society.

At birth, Tatiana was taken to a shelter in Belarus. First she was raised there, then in a boarding school, along with other children with physical disabilities. Her prosthetics were made of wood in those days. She needed help. In care. In the angel.

I even got something better.

Lauren Schlapper is the head of the Restoration project. Based in the Kansas city area, she organized summer trips for Tanya and other children to the United States.

The children received advanced medical care here, ate well and lived in foster homes. They read the Bible and talked about their dreams.

“Thanks to Lauren, my life has changed,” Tanya says. – She gave me the start of a new path. I would like to do great things like her.”

Tanya Khvitsko-Trimborn

Tanya moved to the Kansas city area in 2008, went to College, and eventually became a PR professional. In addition, she was a regular at the Fitness for life gym.

“I saw her at the other end of the room,” John recalls. – And I thought, ‘ Hey, there’s a pretty young lady doing sit-UPS.’ I looked furtively – I didn’t want to seem like a troublemaker. He took a step closer and looked back again. “She has something wrong with her ankle – I think it’s a prosthesis. And, damn it, sit-UPS? Impressive». He took another approach, then glanced again: “Stop, but she has two prosthetics!»

John tried not to show that he liked her for the next few weeks. One day they walked up to the squat stand at the same time. And before that, we never crossed paths. She looked at him and said calmly: “Just try to touch it – you’ll get it!»

“I had a lot of mistakes, so I tried not to be Intrusive,” says John. – When I went out, I introduced myself and said: “What’s your name?”. And Tanya replied: “I Am a bad girl.”

How impertinent! John liked that. They started Dating. We got married in 2017.

Their first meetings also captured Tanya: she is a confident person, but admits that sometimes she overplays to avoid awkward moments. Or as John describes it: “She wants people to pay attention to her, not to her physical characteristics.”

The first time St. Louis appeared in Tanya’s life was because of the Recovery project-as a girl, she received a new pair of prosthetics here at Shriners hospital. And then came back here in 2017.

She had already run five and ten kilometers, and even half-marathons, but Tanya wanted, according to her, to join the small percentage of runners called marathoners. And see if her body can stand 26.2 miles on two prosthetics.

The athlete chose the St. Louis marathon in part because she had heard that there were fewer hills here than in Kansas city. However, after 19 miles, the body failed. Tanya experienced hyperthermia – when it is too hot and there is not enough moisture-and lost consciousness.

“She’s strong. I knew she’d be fine, ” John says. – She refused an IV and argued with us and the doctors. But she was also depressed. And yet I knew that she was psychologically very strong and would do it again.”

For the next twelve months, Tanya deliberately pushed herself out of her comfort zone. Changed my diet. I practiced in the rain. She worked in the gym with coach Josh wolf, a multiple participant in the Iron man competition.

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And she trained with her husband, who rode his bike beside her as she ran, mile after mile, over and over and over again.

“I was upset when I couldn’t, but the cool thing is that failure made me stronger,” Tanya explains. – I really like obstacles. And I just can’t stop halfway. If I hadn’t, it would have nagged me for the rest of my life. In life, after all, it is always up and down-but you need to continue. It’s like the hills. I hated them. But I learned to love, because after each ascent there is a gracious descent. So it is in life…»

“This year I ran not according to the pace, but according to my heart. Mostly I listened to my heart,” she adds.

What a good quote!

“We need to clarify,” says Tanya. – I mean the rhythm of your heartbeat. If it was too high, I would slow down.”

And what happened when she reached the finish line?

The finish line immediately turned into the start.

Now Tanya wants to do a triathlon. In fact, she’s a pretty good swimmer, and at some point in the future, they’ll figure out something about the bike.

She wants to share her story at events and meetings. And he really wants to be an example for his adopted daughter, Eddie.

“The best advice I can give is not to stop,” says Tanya. – We all have problems, we all struggle with something. It doesn’t have to be running. Do something that can inspire others. We can all inspire each other.”