Oksana Masters reacts as she crosses the finish line in women's middle distance sitting para cross-country at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on March 12, 2022 in Beijing.
ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Oksana Masters won a silver medal in middle distance sitting cross-country at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Saturday at Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre in Zhangjiakou, China.
The win made 32-year-old Masters six for six across her Beijing 2022 events. She won gold in sprint and individual biathlon sitting and won silver in middle distance biathlon and cross-country sprint, middle and long distance sitting. She has won eight career Winter Paralympic medals in Para cross-country, making her the most decorated U.S. Winter Paralympian in the sport.
Masters (25:24.7) shared the podium on Saturday with China’s Yang Hongqiong and Ma Jing who finished in 24:47.5 for gold and 26:22.9 for bronze, respectively.
Team USA’s Kendall Gretsch placed sixth. First-time Paralympians Lera Doederlein and Erin Martin finished 14th and 15th.
Gretsch said she is proud of her performance across the Games, which resulted in one gold, one silver and one bronze medal across her six para biathlon and para cross-country races.
“I came out every race and gave everything I had,” Gretsch said. “I was hoping to do better, but I can't can't be upset that I gave everything each day.”
Gretsch and Masters were a force for Team USA across the para Nordic events, earning nine of Team USA’s 18 medals as of Saturday. Going into the final day of competition, Gretsch was looking forward to watching Team USA fight for a final medal in the cross-country mixed team relay.
“This is honestly probably one of the first times where we've had a chance to have a really competitive relay,” Gretsch said. “I think everyone's just really gutsy in the relay. It's tough. It's 2.5-kilometers all out, and you have to have some grit to suffer through it. I think that's something our team is definitely not lacking.”