Name: Oksana Masters
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Discipline(s): Road Cycling, Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race
Classification: WH5
Height: 5-8
Weight: 122
DOB: 6/19/1989
Birthplace: Khmelnitsky, Ukraine
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Atherton High School (Louisville, Ky.) ‘08
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2012, 2014, 2016); Three-time Paralympic medalist (1 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 4th (cycling - road race), 5th (cycling - time trial)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, silver (12km Nordic), bronze (5km Nordic)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, bronze (rowing – trunk and arms mixed double skulls)
  • At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she won the first ever United States medal in trunk and arms mixed double sculls.
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – Nordic skiing – gold (cross-country sprint, middle-distance and long-distance; biathlon sprint), bronze (biathlon individual), 4th (biathlon middle-distance)
  • Years of Participation: Cycling – 2014, 2015; Nordic – 2015, 2017
  • Medals: 8 (4 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
  • Gold: Nordic – 2017 (cross-country sprint, middle-distance and long-distance; biathlon sprint)
  • Silver: Nordic – 2015 (cross-country middle-distance)
  • Bronze: Cycling – 2015 (road race); Nordic – 2015 (cross-country sprint); 2017 – Nordic - (individual biathlon)
Personal: Masters was born in Ukraine, with both of her legs damaged by in-utero radiation poisoning from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor incident. She was born with six toes on each foot, five webbed fingers on each hand and no thumbs. Her left leg was six inches shorter than her right and both were missing weight-bearing bones. She was diagnosed with Tibia Hemimilla. After living in three orphanages, she was adopted at the age of seven. Over the course of seven years, she would have both legs amputated. At age 13, she began rowing. In 2011, she met her rowing partner Rob Jones, and in 2012 brought home a bronze medal from the Paralympic Games London 2012. She began skiing immediately after, training for 14 months leading up to the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. She would leave Russia with a silver and bronze medal. Due to a back injury after Sochi, she took up cycling as a recovery process and to help maintain her fitness. She qualified for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 and finished just off the podium in fourth in the road race. Since then, Masters returned, securing four Nordic skiing world titles at the end of the 2016-2017 season....She was named U.S. Rowing’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2012....Daughter of Gay Masters…She received the Metro Disability Coalition Spotlight Award in 2002 and 2007… In her spare time, she enjoys working out, rowing, swimming and singing in the car… She lists her mom as her personal hero…She has an extreme love for animals and coffee, with her favorite drink being the Americano…She hopes to open her own coffee shop one day…She was nominated for an ESPY in 2015 and 2016 in the Best Female Athlete with a Disability category.