Team USA and Team Toyota's Oksana Masters Captures Paralympic Medal
March 10, 2018
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Oksana Masters captured the silver medal in the women’s 6km biathlon event at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Saturday, March 10.
Masters finished 22.8 seconds behind first place in the sitting classification, shooting a clean race to score her first medal in her PyeongChang debut. The medal comes just weeks after she injured her right elbow, causing a setback to her training.
“I was told I was not going to be able to race,” Masters said on her elbow injury. “I was basically fighting for a chance at the start line. I dug as deep as I could for my team and I’m happy to be standing on the podium next to Kendall (Gretsch).”
A four-time U.S. Paralympian and a silver and bronze medalist, 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 ultimately had to have both legs amputated above the knee.
She is scheduled to compete next on Sunday, March 11 in the women’s 12km Nordic event.
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 the International Paralympic Committee and Team USA and supports: 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.