Oksana Masters Fourth In Biathlon To Open World Championships

By Katie Branham | Feb. 11, 2017, 10:16 a.m. (ET)

Oksana Masters, pictured at the 2015 edition of the world championships, opened her 2017 campaign with a fourth place finish.

  • Oksana Masters finished within five seconds of a podium spot in the middle-distance biathlon

FINSTERAU, Germany – Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) finished seconds away from a podium finish in the middle-distance biathlon on the opening day of the the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.

After nearly a two-month break from international competition, Masters returned to competition in strong fashion as she finished less than five seconds back from third place in the 10-kilometer women’s sitting race.

U.S. Army veteran Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas) finished sixth in the men’s sitting division. Soule was in the mix for a podium spot as four men battled for the bronze throughout the 12km race.

QUOTES

Oksana Masters
“Today could not have been a better day for biathlon because there was absolutely zero wind. The sun was out for the first time here, and the conditions were really good with fast tracks. I didn’t shoot well, but I’m feeling really good on skis, which is making me feel hopeful for the other biathlon races and the sprint tomorrow.”

Andy Soule
“Today was a really good start to an exciting week of racing. Things went well, some things could have gone better, but I identified some things on the course and on the range that I will use to my advantage the rest of the week, and I’m excited for the coming week of competition.”

NEXT RACE

Competition resumes on Sunday, Feb. 12 with the cross-country sprint and continues through Feb. 19.

LIVESTREAM AND RESULTS

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