Just as fast on the road as in the snow! Former Nordic ski ace Oksana Masters wins her TENTH career Paralympic medal as Team USA star races to victory in women’s road race for second gold in Tokyo
- Oksana Masters dominated the road race to win a 10th Paralympic medal
- The Ukrainian-born American is a medalist at summer and winter games
- She had previously won gold in the women’s time trial in Tokyo 24 hours earlier
Oksana Masters took her Paralympic career medal to 10 after winning the women’s H5 road race, which earned her a second gold in 24 hours.
The 32-year-old Ukrainian-born American previously won medals in both rowing and cross-country skiing, but is now a medalist at both the summer and winter games.
After picking up a skill for hand bike masters, who was born with one kidney, a partial stomach, six toes on each foot and webbed feet on each thumbless hand, now has two gold medals to show for her trip to Japan, adding the road race to the time trial starting Tuesday.
Oksana Masters held the American flag as she celebrated winning a tenth Paralympic medal
The 32-year-old dominated the field to win the gold medal in the women’s H5 road race
Twenty-eight athletes have won both the Summer and Winter Games, but Masters has shown incredible versatility and dominance for Team USA.
In the road race, she dominated the field to take gold with China’s Sun Bianbian taking silver and Italy’s Katia Aere taking bronze.
The total of medals for the Master’s personal career now stands at 10, this is her fourth gold medal, but the focus is more on legacy than the number of medals.
“It’s not about the medals,” she said on Tuesday ESPN.
“It’s just about leaving a legacy, being an example for that young girl to see.”
Masters wants to give fellow amputees a legacy so they can achieve greatness
The Ukrainian-born American previously competed in cross-country skiing at the Winter Games
Masters was put up for adoption as a young child with her disability related to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster three years before she was born.
Her story saw her grow up in three different orphanages before Gay Masters, a single American woman, adopted her at age seven and brought her to the United States.
Masters is a double amputee who competes in the H5 division of cycling events.
The H stands for hand cyclists and athletes competing in that division use bicycles designed to be used in a kneeling or sitting position.
Elsewhere, there was a silver medal for Nick Mayhugh in the men’s T37 400m.
Mayhugh ran a time of 50.26 seconds but looked to get out of the medal battle as he approached the home straight when he was in fifth position.
Team USA sprinter Nick Mayhugh was frustrated when he took silver in the 400m
Mayhugh won gold in the 100m and looked disappointed with his performance in the 400m
He gathered momentum to close the distance for silver and his time set a new American record.
Russian Paralympic Committee sprinter Andrey Vdovin claimed gold and set a new world record in the process with a time of 49.34 seconds.
Silver in the T37 400m adds to Mayhugh’s gold medal display in the 100m last week, in which he broke the world record.
The 25-year-old sprinter will compete in both the 200m and 4x100m relay, both of which are on Friday, as he aims to leave Japan with medals from all four events.