Sport: Nordic Skiing, Rowing
Events: Nordic - Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon; Rowing - Sculling
Classification: Nordic - LW12, Sitting; Rowing - Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Sculls
Date of Birth: June 19, 1989
Birthplace: Khmelnitsky, Ukraine
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Current Residence: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Atherton HS (Louisville, Ky.) ‘08
Career Highlights - Nordic Skiing
- 2014: World Cup Oberstdorf, 3rd 12k, 7th 5km; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 10km, 1st 1km, 1st 5km
- 2013: World Cup Canmore, 3rd 5km, 4th 1km, 8th 10km; World Cup Cable, Wis., 4th 1km, 4th 5km
Career Highlights – Rowing
- 2012: London 2012 Paralympic Games, 3rd, trunk and arms mixed double sculls; Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, 1st trunk and arms mixed double sculls; Non-Qualified Paralympic Trials, 1st trunk and arms mixed double sculls
Oksana Masters became one of the biggest stories out of the London 2012 Paralympic Games as she and her teammate Rob Jones won a bronze medal in rowing in the trunk and arms mixed double sculls. Masters was named U.S. Rowing’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2012.
In late 2012, Masters met one of the coaches of the U.S. Paralympics Nordic ski team and was invited to a camp in Colorado. While Masters had originally been interested in downhill, not cross-country skiing, her endurance from rowing quickly translated to the snow. In her first year of skiing, Masters turned heads by earning a bronze medal in the 5km at the IPC World Cup in Canmore, Alberta. Just over a month later, she claimed bronze again at the IPC World Cup Final in Oberstdorf, Germany, in the women’s sitting 12km cross-country race.
Masters was born in Ukraine, with both of her legs damaged by in-utero radiation poisoning from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor incident. Masters was adopted when she was seven years old and began rowing at 13.