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Oksana Masters - Nordic

Oksana's Profile

Classification: WH5

Masters was born in Ukraine, with both of her legs damaged by in-utero radiation poisoning from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor incident. She was born with six toes on each foot, five webbed fingers on each hand and no thumbs. Her left leg was six inches shorter than her right and both were missing weight-bearing bones. She was diagnosed with Tibia Hemimilla. After living in three orphanages, she was adopted at the age of seven. Over the course of seven years, she would have both legs amputated. At age 13, she began rowing. In 2011, she met her rowing partner Rob Jones, and in 2012 brought home a bronze medal from the Paralympic Games London 2012. She began skiing immediately after, training for 14 months leading up to the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. She would leave Russia with a silver and bronze medal. Due to a back injury after Sochi, she took up cycling as a recovery process and to help maintain her fitness. She qualified for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 and finished just off the podium in fourth in the road race.

BirthplaceKhmelnitsky, Ukraine
HometownLouisville, KY

About Oksana

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Oksana's Statistics

  • World Cup
  • Paralympic Experience
  • Other
  • World Cup Statistics

    Years of Participation: Cycling – 2014, 2015; Nordic – 2015, 2017, 2019

    Medals: 14 (9 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)

    Most recent: 2019 – Nordic skiing – gold (middle-distance biathlon, middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint, biathlon sprint, long-distance cross-country), silver (individual biathlon)

  • Paralympic Experience

    • Four-time Paralympian (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018); Eight-time Paralympic medalist (2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
    • PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, gold (1.1km cross-country, 5km cross-country), silver (6km biathlon, 12.5km biathlon), bronze (12km cross-country)
    • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 4th (cycling - road race), 5th (cycling - time trial)
    • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, silver (12km Nordic), bronze (5km Nordic)
    • London 2012 Paralympic Games, bronze (rowing – trunk and arms mixed double skulls)
  • Other Statistics

    • Metro Disability Coalition Spotlight Award 2002 & 2007
    • 2012 U.S. Rowing's Female Athlete of the Year
    • Nominated for an ESPY in 2015 and 2016 in the Best Female Athlete with a Disability category
    • 2018 Sportswoman of the Year - Women's Sports Foundation

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