Paralympic Nordic Skiing Preview
The U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team has been on the rise since the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 where 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 2006. Now, expectations are high for the U.S. team after consistent podium performances on the world cup and world championship stages. The PyeongChang Games will present 38 medal opportunities at the Winter Games for the cross-country and biathlon disciplines in the men's and women's visually impaired, standing and sitting classes. MORE
Oksana Masters
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Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Paralympic Experience: 2012 (1 bronze), 2014 (1 silver, 1 bronze), 2016
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A three-sport athlete, Oksana Masters has represented Team USA at three Paralympic Games in rowing, cross-country skiing, biathlon and cycling. The three-time Paralympic medalist made the successful transition to Nordic skiing after winning bronze in rowing at London 2012 and went on to win Paralympic silver and bronze in cross-country sitting, making her the first U.S. female to win a Paralympic medal in cross-country skiing since 1994. She recently made history again when she became the first American woman to win a Para Nordic skiing world championship title. She captured an unprecedented four gold medals and one bronze at the 2017 world championships in Finsterau, Germany, making her the most successful U.S. woman in championship history. The 28-year-old capped off the season by securing her third consecutive overall women's sitting world cup globe in cross-country and finished third in the world cup overall rankings in biathlon. Masters was born in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine with several radiation-induced birth defects, including tibial hemimelia and was adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage at age seven. With her sights set on completing her medal collection in PyeongChang, the multi-sport phenom will undoubtedly be the one to watch in 2018.
About Oksana
Hidden talent: I can burp some pretty manly burps.

Nickname: In 2013, one of our biathlon coaches called me Roxy and it seemed to stick. All of my coaches mainly call me Roxy now. Sometimes people will call me Taz since my spirit animal is the Tasmanian devil. Sometimes it's Oks.

Best advice received: My mom has always told me to believe in myself. She found this saying which I love: "If you can believe it, you can achieve it."

Aaron Pike
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Hometown: Park Rapids, Minnesota
Paralympic Experience: 2012, 2014, 2016
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A three-time U.S. Paralympian, Aaron Pike picked up Nordic skiing as a way to stay in shape after competing in track and field at London 2012. He competed at his first Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi where he had a best finish of 12th in the men's sitting cross-country long distance race. He made strides in 2017 when he had his best-ever showing on the world championship stage, finishing only three seconds off the podium in fourth in the men's sitting 15 kilometer individual biathlon and three other top-10 performances. He also capped off the season with a silver medal in biathlon at the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in PyeongChang and has hopes of repeating his success on the same trails in a few short months. Pike sustained a spinal cord injury in a hunting accident at age 13 when a pellet hit him in the back.
About Aaron
Hidden talent: I think that most people in the skiing community don't know that I'm pretty good at basketball.

Something quirky: I swim at the level of a 5 year old - haha. It is the one sport that I am completely terrible at.

Nickname: No nicknames, but we do have spirit animals. We have given everyone an animal that they most embody, and I am a dog, specifically a Saint Bernard.
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