Tatsiana Khvitsko: Amputee Runner and Bodybuilder

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Even before she was born, Tatsiana Khvitsko had the cards stacked against her. Four years after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986, Khvitsko was born in Belarus, the country just north of the disaster’s location in the Ukraine. It received 70 percent of the radiation released by the explosion.

“This running journey has been incredible,” Khvitsko said. “…Now when I’m running, I’m truly me. I’m just so confident in myself. Because of that, I’m capable of talking to more people and help other amputees.”

In addition to running half-marathons, Khvitsko is also a bodybuilder.