Masters Claims Third World Title With Sprint Biathlon Gold

By Stafford Braxton | Feb. 18, 2017, 1:14 p.m. (ET)


Oksana Masters won her first biathlon world title in Finsterau, Germany. 

  • 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.

QUOTES

Oksana Masters
“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.”

MEDAL COUNT

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)

NEXT RACE

Team USA will next compete in the cross-country middle-distance events on Sunday, Feb. 19, which will conclude competition in Finsterau.

LIVESTREAM AND RESULTS

Follow live results on the Finsterau 2017 website and U.S. Paralympics on Facebook and Twitter for Team USA updates.