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WOMEN'S NORDIC CROSS COUNTRY & BIATHLON - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

HEIGHT & WEIGHT:  5'8 / 122 lbs

DATE OF BIRTH: June 19, 1989

BIRTHPLACE, HOMETOWN & TRAINING RESIDENCE:   KhmelnitskyyUkraine, (At time of birth a part of the Soviet Union) / Louisville, KY / Champaign, IL

PARALYMPIC DISCIPLINES: Cycling (Rio 2016) / Cross Country Skiing (Sitting)  (Sochi 2014) / Rowing Trunk and Arm Double Sculls (mixed team-Rob Jones USMC) (London 2012)

# OF YEARS ON THE US NATIONAL TEAM: Cycling since 2014 / Cross Country Skiing since 2011 / Rowing from 2011-13

PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE & MEDALS: 2014 SOCHI - 12km sitting Cross Country (Silver) & 5km Cross Country sitting (Bronze) / 2012 LONDON (Bronze)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS:

  • 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championship - sitting Cross Country 5km (Silver) & 1km (Bronze)
  • 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship - H5 Road Race (Bronze)

U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS: 2014 Paralympic Cross Country Championships in biathlon, 1k, 5k, 10k (4 Gold Medals)

WORLD CUP SEASON MEDALS:

  • 2012-13 Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting): 5k (Bronze)
  • Rowing: 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup III (Gold)
  • 2013-14 Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 4 (Gold) 1 (Silver),
  • 2014-15 Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 7 (Gold) 2 (Silver),
  • 2015-16 IPC Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 2 (Golds) & 1 (Bronze)

WORLD CUP FINAL MEDALS:

  • 2016 IPC Nordic Cross Country Skiing in 20km, 6km & Sprint (3 Gold Medals) 
  • 2015 IPC Nordic Cross Country Skiing in 12km and 5km (2 Gold Medals) 
  • 2012 IPC Nordic Cross Country Skiing in 12km (Bronze)

WORLD CUP SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS:  

  • 2016 IPC Overall Nordic Cross Country Skiing Champion
  • 2015 IPC Overall Nordic Cross Country Skiing Champion

USOC PARALYMPIC ATHLETE OF THE MONTH / YEAR AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:  

  • March 2016 - Female Athlete of the Month nominee (Nordic Skiing)
  • 2015 Best of U.S. Award Show nominee - Female Paralympian of the Year (Nordic Skiing & Cycling) 
  • March 2015 - Paralympic Athlete of the Month (Nordic Skiing)  
  • 2014 Best of U.S. Award Show nominee - Female Paralympian of the Year 

PUBLIC FACING INITIATIVES: Sport Diplomacy mission to her native Ukraine for U.S. State Department / U.S. Embassy - October 2015

EQUIPMENT USED IN COMPETITION:  Skiing: Fischer Skis, Craft USA, Leiki USA/ Cycling:    / Biathlon: 

ENDORSEMENTS: KT Tape

SOCIAL MEDIA:  @OksanaMasters Twitter / OksanaMasters - Instagram

NOTES:  

  • 2012 US Rowing's Female Athlete of the Year,
  • 2012 ESPN the Magazine's the BODY Issue participant
  • 2014 ESPYs Nominee - Best Female Athlete with a Disability,
  • 2014 IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Event in Vuokatti, Finland where Oksana won Gold in Sprint Sitting was the first ever Gold by a female from the United States in IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup history
  • 2014 Team USA Best of U.S. Awards nominee for Best Female Paralympian and Best Moment of the Paralympic Games
  • 2015 ESPYs nominee - Best Female Athlete with a Disability
  • 2016 (March) IPC / Allianz Female Athlete of the Month nominee

BIO PER SPORT:  

TeamUSA: http://www.teamusa.org/para-nordic-skiing/athletes/Oksana-Masters#news 

US Rowing: http://www.usrowing.org/Pressbox/AthleteBios/OksanaMasters

Suffered her disability as a child in the Ukraine as a result of a birth defect from the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant fallout.  Oksana moved from an orphanage in the Ukraine to the United States after being adopted by Ms. Gay Masters when she was 8 years old.

Received new Ottobock legs in February 2016 (insurance billed them at $300,000)