Photo Gallery: 2019 Para Nordic Skiing World Championships

By Melissa Zhang | Feb. 28, 2019, 12:07 p.m. (ET)

Team USA competed at the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships from Feb. 15-24 in Prince George, British Columbia. The four U.S. athletes competing at the event earned a total of 15 medals - six golds, seven silvers and two bronzes. The world championship event follows the first two world cup stops of the season, and featured Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas), Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Illinois), Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) and Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) representing Team USA. See below for shots of the action: 

Oksana Masters in competition in Prince George, British Columbia.
Two-time Paralympic champion Oksana Masters won big in Prince George, notching five world titles and six medals overall. Masters earned gold in the 1.1km cross-country and 5km cross-country events at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, as well as three additional podium finishes.  

Oksana Masters in competition in Prince George, British Columbia.
Masters was a five-time world champion in the women’s sitting class of middle-distance biathlon, middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint, biathlon sprint and long-distance cross-country. She also won silver in individual biathlon.

Aaron Pike in competition in Prince George, British Columbia.
Aaron Pike won the first world championships medal of his career, earning a bronze medal in the biathlon sprint. 

Aaron Pike in competition in Prince George, British Columbia.
After winning his bronze medal, Pike said "The first thing that I thought was ‘Oh, my God’ I finally did it. Finally got on the podium. The first thing I felt was relief. After all the hard work that I put in over the last few years with Nordic skiing, I felt like I could finally take a breath and pat myself on the back and enjoy it with my teammates."

Dan Cnossen in competition in Prince George, British Columbia.
Six-time Paralympic medalist Dan Cnossen picked up two silver medals in Prince George, in the men’s sitting class of the middle-distance cross-country and cross-country sprint races.

Dan Cnossen in competition in Prince George, British Columbia.
Cnossen improved significantly from his performance at the 2015 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, where he logged two fifth-place finishes, one sixth- and seventh-place finish and two eighth-place finishes.

Kendall Gretsch in competition in Prince George, British Columbia.
Kendall Gretsch won six medals total at the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, claiming the title of world champion in the women's sitting class of individual biathlon. 

Kendall Gretsch and Oksana Masters pose with a fellow skier for a group photo in Prince George, British Columbia.
Masters and Gretsch (left and center) pose for a photo with fellow skier, Andrea Eskau of Germany. 

 

Kendall Gretsch and Oksana Masters pose with a fellow skier for a group photo in Prince George, British Columbia.
Gretsch and Masters (left and center) pose for a group photo with a fellow skier. Gretsch and Masters collectively earned 12 of the 15 American medals from Prince George.

Aaron Pike poses with fellow skiers for a group photo in Prince George, British Columbia.
Pike poses with fellow skiers and podium finishers after a competition. Both a summer and winter Paralympian, Pike was recently named to the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Marathon World Championships Team.