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8 female Paralympians to watch

Updated 8:13 AM ET, Tue September 4, 2012
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Tatyana McFadden is an eight-time world champion sprint athlete from the United States. She has previously participated in Paralympic Games in Athens and Beijing. So far in London, she has added a gold to her medal stash. Getty Images
Before the London Paralympics, Jessica Long told usaswimming.com she wanted to have fun while competing this year. This relaxed attitude has worked well for Long who has won three gold medals since arriving in London, which she is adding to her nine previous Paralympics medals. Getty Images
Sarah Storey was a big name for ParalympicsGB before the Games started. She cemeted her name in the Paralympic record books by winning the first gold medal for the host nation and setting a new world record -- all on day one. AFP/Getty Images
Not only is Esther Vergeer the female world number one in wheelchair tennis, but she also holds the remarkable record of 465 unbeaten singles matches over almost a decade. Getty Images
Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain got together as a sailing team in 2007 and have gone on to win four consecutive world titles. However, a paralympic medal has so far alluded them. Getty Images
U.S. athlete April Holmes competes in the women's 100m T44 event on day eight of the 2008 Paralympic Games. She beat her own world record, fulfilling an ambition she'd spoken about before the games. Getty Images
Sarai Gascon of Spain competes in the women's 100m Butterfly S9 on day one of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre. She was up against preeminent South African Natalie du Toit. She placed second but with many races to go, the pair's battle is set to continue. Getty Images
Jess Gallagher is the first and only Australian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic winter games, which she did in Vancouver in 2010. In London, she's aiming for a summer paralympics medal in long jump having come sixth in the javelin. Getty Images