Oksana Masters Nominated for 2018 Athlete of the Year Award by the Americas Paralympic Committee

By U.S. Paralympics | Jan. 16, 2019, 1:04 p.m. (ET)

Oksana Masters receiving a medal at the Paralympic Games Pyeongchang 2018.
Oksana Masters is the only nominee from the United States for the 2018 award.

Nordic skier Oksana Masters earned another recognition for her tremendous success in 2018 on Wednesday, as the Americas Paralympic Committee announced that Masters is one of 11 standout Para athletes that have been nominated for the Americas “Athlete of the Year” award for 2018.

Masters is the lone nominee from the United States, which were selected from submissions from National Paralympic Committees across the Americas, based on their performances across the past year. She is also the only Nordic skier among the nominee list.

Masters earned the nomination for her performance in Pyeonchang despite an injury to her right arm. The Paralympian claimed five medals (two golds, two silvers and one bronze) at the Paralympic Games Pyeongchang 2018, leaving the Games as the most decorated female athlete on the U.S. team. She also earned more medals than anyone in the history of the United States Para Nordic skiing program.

The nominees include Brazil’s Alana Maldonado (judo), swimmer Fernando Fuentes of El Salvador and alpine skier Mollie Jepsen from Canada, among others. Mexico’s Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo (powerlifting) won the award most recently in 2017.

The public can now vote on the homepage of the Americas Paralympic Committee website between now and Jan. 30.