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Oksana Masters

An unstoppable force.

  • Sport
    PARA NORDIC
    SKIING
  • Birthdate
    JUNE 19, 1989
  • Hometown
    LOUISVILLE, KY
  • Paralympics
    3
  • Vehicle
    Highlander Hybrid

Oksana was born with a number of physical impairments due to radiation exposure from the Chernobyl incident in Ukraine, and she spent the first years of her life in an orphanage. When she was seven, she met her adopted mother and moved to the United States. As she continued to grow, her impairments started to dangerously influence her overall health, and her legs had to be amputated above the knee. It was during this trying time that she was introduced to adaptive rowing and her passion for competing was ignited.

After competing throughout high school and setting a world record in 2010, she joined Team USA for the Paralympic Games London 2012. “I got into Nordic skiing by mistake. I was doing an event for USRowing® after London, and a coach overheard my interest in skiing and invited me out on the snow.” She quickly fell in love, and her passion and tenacity took her to the world stage. “When I was chosen to represent Team USA for Para Nordic Skiing, I was shocked. I had spent less than a year on snow and learning the sport.” In Sochi, she received her first medals as a Winter Paralympian.

Today, Oksana is excited for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, not only for the competition, but for the platform it gives her to inspire the next generation. “I’ve never really had someone to look up to as a teenager going through my amputations. I want to help leave a little piece of what is possible for the next kid who isn’t sure about what they are capable of doing—regardless of what they do or don’t have.”

“We can’t control what happens or how things turn out, but we can control what we do, and those moments fuel me to be better.”

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