Photo Credit: Getty Images - PyeongChang 2018 - First Gold ever at the Paralympics.

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

HEIGHT & WEIGHT:  5'8 / 122 lbs

DATE OF BIRTH: June 19, 1989 (29)

BIRTHPLACE, HOMETOWN & TRAINING RESIDENCE:   Khmelnitskyy, Ukraine, (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 (PyeongChang 2018 & 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:

  • 2018 PYEONGCHANG - Para Cross Country 1.5km sprint classic sitting (Gold), Para Cross Country 5km sitting (Gold), Para Biathlon 6km sitting (Silver) Para Biathlon 12.5km sitting (Silver) & Para Cross Country 12km sitting (Bronze)

  • 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)

World ParaNordic WORLD CUP MEDALS (Season count):

  • 2017-18 World ParaNordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 3 (Gold), 2 (Silver)

  • 2017-18 World Para Biathlon 5 (Gold)

  • 2016-17 World ParaNordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 3 (Gold)

  • 2016-17 World Para Biathlon 1 (Gold) & 1 (Silver)

  • 2015-16 World Para Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 5 (Gold) & 1 (Bronze)

  • 2015-16 World Para Biathlon 1 (Silver) & 1 (Bronze)

  • 2014-15 World Para Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 7 (Gold) 2 (Silver)

  • 2013-14 World Para Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 4 (Gold) 1 (Silver)

  • 2012-13 World Para Nordic Cross Country Skiing (sitting) 1 (Bronze)

  • 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup III (Gold)

PARA NORDIC WORLD CUP FINAL MEDALS:

  • 2017 World Cup Final Para Biathlon in 10km (Gold) - Japan

  • 2017 World Cup Final Nordic Cross Country Skiing in Middle Distance (Gold), Sprint (Silver) - Japan

  • 2016 World Cup Final Nordic Cross Country Skiing in 20km, 6km & Sprint (3 Gold Medals)

  • 2015 World Cup Final Nordic Cross Country Skiing in 12km and 5km (2 Gold Medals)

  • 2012 World Cup Final Nordic Cross Country Skiing in 12km (Bronze)

PARA NORDIC WORLD CUP SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS:  

  • 2018 IPC Overall Para Biathlon - 3rd place (note she did not compete in the final World Cup of the season to prepare for the 2018 Winter Paralympics)

  • 2018 IPC Overall Nordic Cross Country - 3rd place (note she did not compete in the final World Cup of the season to prepare for the 2018 Winter Paralympics)

  • 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 2018 - Allianz Female Paralympic Athlete of the Paralympic Games nominee

  • January 2018 - Allianz Paralympic Athlete of the Month

  • 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:  

  • 2018 Team USA Awards, Best of the 2018 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games; Winner of the Female Paralympic Athlete of the Games (Nordic Skiing & Biathlon)

  • 2017 Team USA Awards nominee - Female Paralympian of the Year (Nordic Skiing & Biathlon)

  • 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 Team USA Awards nominee - Female Paralympian of the Year (Nordic Skiing & Cycling)

  • March 2015 - Paralympic Athlete of the Month (Nordic Skiing)

  • 2014 Team USA Awards / Best of U.S. Awards nominee - Female Paralympian of the Year

  • 2014 Team USA Awards / Best of U.S. Awards nominee - Best Moment of the Paralympic Games

ESPYS NOMINATIONS:

  • 2018 Best Female Athlete with a Disability nominee

  • 2017 Best Female Athlete with a Disability nominee

  • 2016 Best Female Athlete with a Disability nominee

  • 2015 Best Female Athlete with a Disability nominee

  • 2014 Best Female Athlete with a Disability nominee

LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINATION:

  • 2018 Best (Male or Female) Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability nominee

WOMENS SPORTS FOUNDATION ANNUAL SALUTE TO WOMEN IN SPORTS:

Celebrating the most accomplished women in sports and the girls they inspire.

  • 2018 Sportswoman of the Year - Individual Sport (She was the first Winter Paralympian to win and second overall)

PUBLIC FACING INITIATIVES:

  • Women’s Forum Global Meeting at the Women’s Forum for The Economy & Society - Speaker - November 14 to 16 at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France

  • 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, Oakley & Nike / Cycling: Top End Cycles, Oakley 

ENDORSEMENTS:

  • KT Tape

  • Visa

  • Nike

  • Toyota

  • The Hartford

  • Proctor & Gamble

  • Fujitsu

  • Oakley

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 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

  • 2016 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award

  • 2016 FasterSkier Female Para-Nordic Skier of the Year (North America)

  • 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 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)