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Team USA Nordic Skiing’s Five Most Impressive Paralympic Moments

By Joshua Clayton | July 23, 2020, 1:33 p.m. (ET)

Team USA’s Paralympic Nordic Skiers have made history with many outstanding performances throughout the years. It’s hard to pick favorites, but we were able to narrow it down to five great moments in the past decade. 

Here are some of the most impressive moments from recent Paralympic Games. 

 

U.S. Nordic Ski Team Turns in Best Paralympic Performance 

 

The U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team had its best Paralympic performance ever in 2018, taking home 16 medals, clearly outperforming its previous highest medal total of five. Dan Cnossen and Kendall Gretsch became the first Americans to win biathlon gold at any Olympic or Paralympic Games. Andy Soule provided the one of the most dramatic finishes ever when he jumped from fourth to first in the final stretch of the cross-country sprint - sitting to win the gold medal. 

 

Oksana Masters Shows Out at 2017 Worlds



Masters claimed her fourth world title and fifth medal at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships. Masters dominated the women’s sitting middle-distance cross-country race, fending off defending world and Paralympic champion Andrea Eskau of Germany. 

 


 

Masters and McFadden Stack Up Medals in Sochi 

At the Paralympic Winter Games in2014 Oksana Masters and Tatyana McFadden combined for three cross-country medals, the first for U.S. women in Paralympic cross-country skiing since 1994 and most medals won by Team USA since Torino 2006. 

 

Andy Soule Sets the Standard at 2015 World Championships 

At the 2015 World Champs, Andy Soule had an impressive competition on home-snow with five medals, the most-ever at a world championships by a U.S. athlete in the sport.  

Military Veterans lead the 2014 Paralympics Nordic Skiing Team 

More than half of the men on the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Team were military veterans. With seven retired and one active-duty service member, the military presence on the Nordic team was higher than any other U.S. team at the Winter Games. 
 

Oksana Masters makes history in Sochi 

Masters historically captured two cross-country medals at Sochi 2014, becoming the first American woman to win a Paralympic medal in the discipline in 20 years.  


 

Joshua Clayton

Joshua Clayton is a Digtal Media Intern with the USOPC. He is a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he played rugby.

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