WATCH: Oksana Masters Shares a Heartwarming Moment With Mother After Winning Fifth Straight Medal at Beijing Paralympics 2022

Published 03/11/2022, 1:08 AM EST
Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Cross-Country Skiing – Women’s Sprint Sitting Final – Zhangjiakou Medal Plaza, Zhangjiakou, China – March 9, 2022. Silver medallist Oksana Masters of the United States poses during the medal ceremony. Thomas Lovelock/OIS/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Among many at this year’s Beijing Paralympics 2022, there is one athlete who is dominating the headlines. Courtesy of yet another brilliant performance, the legendary Oksana Masters has now won her second gold medal and fifth Paralympic medal in the Games. Moreover, this is her 15th Paralympic medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. Already a legend, she is elevating herself to greater heights, alongside someone she credits her exemplary career to; her mother.

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Following her triumphant victory, she shared a beautiful moment with her mother, Gay Masters, would understandably, couldn’t contain herself. In the presence of others, Masters embraced her mother in the post-race interview.

Oksana Masters wins yet another gold

Altogether, Oksana has won two gold medals and three silver at this year’s Paralympics. She won gold in the women’s para biathlon 6km sitting and 12.5 km sitting, one silver medal in 10km sitting, one silver for the para cross-country skiing 15km sitting, and 1.5km sprint sitting.

Truly, it is an unbelievable sight to watch the champion perform. After the race, she talked to her mother, who was extremely proud of her daughter. As the two shared a moment, virtually, Masters expressed how she couldn’t wait to come home.

She won the race by posting a time of 42:17.9 with just one shooting penalty. The second place went to her USA compatriot Kendall Gretsch, who set a time of 42:23.7.

Yilin Shan won the bronze medal in the competition and posted a time of 42:36.6.

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Notably, Oksana recorded some impressive victories at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics as well. She won two gold medals for the women’s para-cycling competition and created history back then. With the current ongoing European crisis, she dedicated her first gold medal to her mother and the people of Ukraine; a move that was hailed by many.

“I owe a lot to my mom. It is for Team Ukraine and Ukrainian people. I’m so proud to be Ukrainian, to be American and represent both and that’s the power of sports that you can represent so much more than just one thing,” said Masters.

Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Biathlon – Women’s Individual Sitting – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – March 11, 2022. Oksana Masters of the United States reacts after crossing the finish line. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Truly, Oksana Masters is a generational talent, who continues to defy all odds at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics. How many more medals do you think she will win at the Games this year?

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