- Oksana Masters finished first in the women’s sitting sprint-distance biathlon at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau, Germany.
- Masters’ podium finish was her fourth of the week, capturing three gold and one silver to lead Team USA into the final day of competition tomorrow.
FINSTERAU, Germany – Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) won her fourth medal of the week as she secured gold in the women’s sitting sprint-distance biathlon at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.
Masters won her third world title after standing atop the podium on two separate occasions earlier this week in cross-country sprint and long-distance cross-country. The two-time Paralympic Winter medalist came from behind after dropping two shots to Germany’s Anja Wicker to take the 6-kilometer sprint biathlon crown. This win marks Masters’ first biathlon world title.
U.S. Army veteran Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas) executed a solid race, finishing just off the podium in fourth while teammate Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) shot clean to secure himself a fifth place finish in the 7.5km sprint biathlon event.
“I am completely shocked. I entered this race with no expectations. I went from not being sure if I was going to be able to race the last two days to winning my first gold medal in biathlon. I’m so excited! I cannot wait to let this all soak in and race as hard as I can for one more race. It has been an amazing experience.”
Team USA: 5
Oksana Masters: 3 gold (cross-country sprint, long-distance cross-country, sprint-distance biathlon); 1 bronze (individual biathlon)
Andy Soule: 1 silver (cross-country sprint)
Team USA will next compete in the cross-country middle-distance events on Sunday, Feb. 19, which will conclude competition in Finsterau.
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