From Chernobyl Effects to Gruesome Injuries – US Star Oksana Masters Fought Through Every Hurdle to Become the Most Decorated Paralympian in History

Published 03/08/2022, 10:37 AM EST
Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Biathlon – Women’s Sprint Sitting – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – March 5, 2022. Oksana Masters of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Every human being is offered choices at every point of their life. While some cannot capitalize on the opportunities they get, some become the champions like Oksana Masters. She is one of the most incredible Paralympians ever in the history of Paralympics. The 32-year-old American competes in both Summer and Winter Paralympics and the champion has won gold in both.

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Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Biathlon – Women’s Sprint Sitting – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – March 5, 2022. Oksana Masters of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The Ukrainian-born American started her journey in the Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022 with a gold medal in para biathlon women’s sprint sitting, followed by a silver medal in women’s middle-distance sitting. So far, she is dominating the Beijing Paralympics with amazing performances in every event that she has taken part in.

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Oksana Masters’ journey from Ukraine to Paralympics

If you look at her story, it’s filled with obstacles, but the only thing she cares about is emerging as a champion through every one of them. She was born in Ukraine a few miles away from Chernobyl Nuclear Plant which gave her serious health issues as a child. At a very young age, she lost both her legs, and life was far from okay. However, Oksana refused to give up and today she is an icon for all those who dream of doing something impossible.

 

When asked about what motivated her to be who is she is today, she said, “Me getting into sports. It was my way to take control of my body and control the outcome.” 

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The American athlete’s heart beat for Ukraine

After winning her fifth Paralympic gold in Beijing, Oksana Masters shared an emotional message in an Instagram post on the ongoing European crisis. The turn of events in her homeland has pierced her deeply, and she feels guilty about not being able to do anything.

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In her Instagram post, she wrote, “It has been difficult to find my passion and desire to compete at these Games amid the war my home country of Ukraine is enduring. I feel selfish, helpless, and guilty for being here.”

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Undoubtedly, these are tough times for Oksana, but yet again, she has been nothing but a true champion.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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