Team USA and Team Toyota’s Oksana Masters captures her first Paralympic gold medal
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Oksana Masters captured her sixth career Paralympic Medal when she finished first in the women’s sitting cross-country 1.1km sprint at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Wednesday, March 14.
Masters crossed the finish line in dominating fashion with a two-second lead over second place to claim her third medal in PyeongChang. Earlier this week she won a silver medal in women’s 6km biathlon and a bronze medal in women’s 12km cross-country skiing.
“I can’t believe it,” Masters said. “I literally was starting to think this day would never happen. I did not want to give up. I fought for that gold medal. I’m so excited to bring home a medal for Team USA.”
In addition to her PyeongChang medals, Masters won both silver and bronze medals in the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 in 12km Nordic skiing and 5km Nordic, respectively. She also competed in the Paralympic Summer Games London 2012 where she won a bronze medal in rowing.
Masters was born in Ukraine with birth defects, including legs with no weight-bearing bones, as a direct cause of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and ultimately had to have both legs amputated above the knee. She was adopted when she was seven years old and moved to the United States, where she began adaptive rowing.
In March of 2015, the International Olympic Committee announced Toyota as a TOP (The Olympic Partner) Programme partner in the newly created mobility category through 2024. In addition to its relationship with the IOC, Toyota is also a Proud Partner of the International Paralympic Committee and Team USA and supports: the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association; US Speedskating; U.S. Figure Skating; USA Hockey and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing; and U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding.
Toyota launched its ‘Start Your Impossible’ campaign in November 2017, highlighting Toyota’s mission to create a barrier-free society and reinforce the company’s values of humility, hard work, overcoming challenges, and never giving up. Team Toyota highlights these values as its U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes serve to demonstrate the ultimate discovery of one’s true potential throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.