BEIJING (March 7, 2022) – At 32 years old, Team Toyota’s Oksana Masters scored two Paralympic medals over the weekend, winning gold in the women’s sitting biathlon sprint (6km) and finishing second in the women’s sitting long-distance cross-country race (15km) at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
“To be able to just start off the Paralympic Games in Beijing and bring home Team USA a gold medal is absolutely incredible,” said Masters to TeamUSA.org of her first medal. “And it’s incredible because I get to do it with my teammate on the podium by my side again. I think this just shows that there’s incredible stuff that’s going to happen for Team USA in the Para Nordic program.”
Masters captured Team USA’s first gold medal of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on Saturday in the women’s sitting biathlon sprint (6km) with a time of 20:51.2 and zero shooting penalties. She followed that up the next day with a second-place finish in the women’s sitting long-distance cross-country race (15km) with a time of 43:38.8. Masters has now earned 12 career Paralympic medals, including five Paralympic gold medals.
Inclusive of summer and winter, Beijing 2022 is Masters’ sixth consecutive Games, with the 12-time Paralympic medalist having won a medal in all four of her sports – rowing, cross-country skiing, biathlon and cycling. The Louisville, Kentucky, native entered the Games as the most decorated athlete on the 2022 U.S. Paralympic Team roster after having earned nine Paralympic medals in Nordic skiing coming into the Games. Masters is also one of four Global Team Toyota Athletes featured in the newest multi-episode video series from Olympic Channel and Toyota titled “From the Start.”
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