Oksana Masters and Dan Cnossen Win Two Nordic National Titles

By Olivia Truby | Jan. 05, 2019, 3 p.m. (ET)

Dan Cnossen claims two gold medals at the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Nationals presented by Toyota in Craftsbury, Vermont. 

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. - Oksana Masters and Dan Cnossen each claimed two national titles at the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Nationals presented by Toyota following two days of competition at Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont.

Masters (Louisville, Kentucky), who overcame an elbow injury to win double gold at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, raced to two gold medals, placing first in the women’s sitting class of the middle-distance cross-country and cross-country sprint races.

Reigning national champion Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas) remained on the top of the podium with gold medals in the men’s sitting middle-distance cross-country and cross-country sprint events.

Three other champions were crowned in the cross-country sprint, with Paralympian Grace Miller (Palmer, Alaska), Paralympian Ruslan Reiter (Manchester, Maine) and David Collins (Corona, California) each winning gold in the women’s standing, men’s standing and men’s visually impaired classes, respectively.

Following national championships, U.S. athletes will travel to Ostersund, Sweden for the second stop of the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup circuit from Jan. 12-19.

In addition to Toyota, U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing is supported by BP.  

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Dan Cnossen - middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint; men’s sitting

Oksana Masters - middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint; women’s sitting

Grace Miller - cross-country sprint; women’s standing

Ruslan Reiter - cross-country sprint, men’s standing

David Collins - cross-country sprint, men’s visually impaired


QUOTES

Oksana Masters

“My goal during nationals this year was to focus on all the aspects of the race - the hills, the turns - and really try to perfect my all-around race. My elbow is feeling stronger and I’m working to get it back to 100 percent. I really want to say thank you to Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and our sponsors Toyota and BP for helping put on such an incredible event.”

Eileen Carey, director of high performance for U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing
"We are excited to carry our momentum from the Paralympic Winter Games into this season. Athlete performances here at Nordic nationals have been an indicator of great things to come moving forward." 

FULL RESULTS

Full results from the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Nationals can be found here.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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