Oksana Masters Claims Podium Spot in PyeongChang
March 11, 2018
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Team USA and Team Toyota athlete Oksana Masters won her second medal in the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Sunday, March 11.
Masters claimed a bronze medal in the women’s sitting 12km cross-country event, finishing 49 seconds behind first place.
“I’m just so happy to be on the podium,” Masters said. “I was a little worried on the long distance considering I haven’t done intensity in three weeks. It definitely is a very painful, rude awakening to how painful the sport is. I’m happy to be on the podium.”
This is Master’s fifth Paralympic Medal as she has also captured a silver medal in PyeongChang and previously captured silver and bronze medals in Sochi and a bronze medal in London. Masters was born with birth defects, including legs with no weight-bearing bones, as a direct cause of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine and had both legs amputated above the knee.
She is scheduled to compete next in the women’s 10km biathlon on Tuesday, March 13.
In March of 2015, the International Olympic Committee announced Toyota as a TOP (The Olympic Partner) Programme partner in the newly created mobility category through 2024. In addition to its relationship with the IOC, Toyota is also a Proud Partner of Team USA and supports: the International Paralympic Committee; the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association; US Speedskating; U.S. Figure Skating; USA Hockey and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing; and U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding.
Toyota launched its ‘Start Your Impossible’ campaign in November 2017, highlighting Toyota’s mission to create a barrier-free society and reinforce the company’s values of humility, hard work, overcoming challenges, and never giving up. Team Toyota highlights these values as its U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes serve to demonstrate the ultimate discovery of one’s true potential throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.