Photo Credit: Getty Images - 5km cross country

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

HEIGHT & WEIGHT:  5'8 / 122 lbs

DATE OF BIRTH: June 19, 1989 (28)

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

PARALYMPIC DISCIPLINES:

  • Cycling (Rio 2016)  
  • Cross Country Skiing (Sitting) & Biathlon (Sochi 2014)  
  • Rowing Trunk and Arm Double Sculls (mixed team-Rob Jones USMC) (London 2012)

# OF YEARS ON THE US NATIONAL TEAM:

Oksana Masters captured the first IPC ParaNordic World Championship for the United States at Finsterau 2017 (Germany).  Oksana ultimately won 4 World Titles at this event.  Photo courtesy of U.S. ParaNordic.

Oksana Masters captured the first IPC ParaNordic World Championship for the United States at Finsterau 2017 (Germany).  Oksana ultimately won 4 World Titles at this event.  Photo courtesy of U.S. ParaNordic.

  • Cycling since 2014
  • Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon since 2011  
  • Rowing from 2011-13

PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE & MEDALS:

  • 2016 RIO - Para Cycling road (4th) 
  • 2014 SOCHI - 12km sitting Cross Country (Silver) & 5km Cross Country sitting (Bronze) 
  • 2012 LONDON  Mixed Sculls Rowing (Bronze)

IPC/UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS:

  • 2017 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championship - sitting Cross Country Middle Distance (Gold), Long Distance 12km (Gold), Sprint (Gold)
  • 2017 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championship - sitting Biathlon Sprint (Gold) & Individual (Bronze) 
  • 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)

IPC 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)
  • 2016-17 IPC Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 3 (Golds) 
  • 2016-17 IPC Biathlon 1 (Gold) & 1 (Silver) - in season

IPC 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)

IPC WORLD CUP SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS:  

  • 2017 IPC Overall Nordic Cross Country Skiing Champion
  • 2016 IPC Overall Nordic Cross Country Skiing Champion
  • 2015 IPC Overall Nordic Cross Country Skiing Champion

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

  • March 2017 - Allianz Paralympic Athlete of the Month nominee
  • February 2017 - Americas Paralympic Athlete of the Month nominee
  • December 2016 - Allianz Paralympic Athlete of the Month nominee
  • March 2016 - Allianz Paralympic Athlete of the Month nominee
  • March 2015 - Allianz Paralympic Athlete of the Month nominee

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

  • March 2017 - Female Athlete of the Month nominee (Nordic Skiing & Biathlon)
  • February 2017 - Female Athlete of the Month nominee (Nordic Skiing & Biathlon)
  • December 2016 - Female Athlete of the Month nominee (Nordic Skiing & Biathlon)
  • 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
  • Team USA Team for Tomorrow 2018

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

ENDORSEMENTS:

  • KT Tape
  • TBA - Payment Service Company
  • TBA - Sports Apparel Company
  • TBA - Insurance Company

SOCIAL MEDIA:  @OksanaMasters Twitter & 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award
  • 2016 FasterSkier Female Para-Nordic Skier of the Year (North America)
  • 2016 ESPYs nominee - Best Female Athlete with a Disability
  • 2017 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championship in Finsterau, Germany, Oksana was the first ever World Champion from the United States in IPC Nordic World Championship history
  • 2017 ESPYs nominee - Best Female Athlete with a Disability
  • 2017 The Players' Tribune - wrote story about her life called "Live Better"

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)