Name: Oksana Masters
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Discipline(s): Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race
Classification: WH5
Height: 5-8
DOB: 6/19/1989
Birthplace: Khmelnitsky, Ukraine
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Atherton High School (Louisville, Ky.) ‘08
College: DeVry University, Business Management
Paralympic Experience
  • Five-time Paralympian (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020); Ten-time Paralympic medalist (4 golds, 3 silvers, 3 bronzes)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, gold (time trial, road race)
  • Paralympic Games PyeongChang 2018, gold (1.1-kilometer cross-country, 5km cross-country), silver (6km biathlon, 12.5km biathlon), bronze (12km cross-country)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 4th (cycling - road race), 5th (cycling - time trial)
  • Paralympic Games Sochi 2014, silver (12km Nordic), bronze (5km Nordic)
  • Paralympic Games London 2012, bronze (rowing – trunk and arms mixed double skulls)
  • At London 2012, she won the first ever United States medal in trunk and arms mixed double sculls.
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – Cycling – silver (road race, time trial); Nordic skiing – gold (middle-distance biathlon, middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint, biathlon sprint, long-distance cross-country), silver (individual biathlon)
  • Years of participation: Cycling – 2014, 2015, 2019; Nordic – 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Medals: 16 (9 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze)
  • Gold – 2019 (middle-distance biathlon, middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint, biathlon sprint, long-distance cross-country); 2017 (cross-country sprint, middle-distance and long-distance, biathlon sprint)
  • Silver – 2019 (road race, time trial); 2019 (individual biathlon); 2015 (cross-country middle-distance)
  • Bronze – 2015 (road race); 2017 (individual biathlon); 2015 (cross-country sprint)
Personal: Masters was born in Ukraine, with both of her legs damaged by in-utero radiation poisoning from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor incident...She was born with six toes on each foot, five webbed fingers on each hand and no thumbs...Her left leg was six inches shorter than her right and both were missing weight-bearing bones...She was diagnosed with Tibia Hemimelia...Over the course of seven years, she would have both legs amputated...At age 13, she began rowing...In 2011, she met her rowing partner Rob Jones, and in 2012 brought home a bronze medal from the Paralympic Games London 2012...She began skiing immediately after, training for 14 months leading up to the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014...She would leave Russia with a silver and bronze medal...Due to a back injury after Sochi, she took up cycling as a recovery process and to help maintain her fitness...She qualified for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 and finished just off the podium in fourth in the road race...Since then, Masters returned, securing four Nordic skiing world titles at the end of the 2016-2017 season...She was named U.S. Rowing’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2012...She was nominated for an ESPY in 2015 and 2016 in the Best Female Athlete with a Disability category...She received the Metro Disability Coalition Spotlight Award in 2002 and 200...Daughter of Gay Masters...She lists her mom as her personal hero...Enjoys working out, rowing, camping, shopping, road trips, swimming, being outdoors in the mounts and singing in the car...Favorite TV show is Friends...Some of her favorite foods include pickles, bacon and salmon...Has an extreme love for animals and coffee, with her favorite drink being the Americano...She hopes to open her own coffee shop one day.