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February 14, 2017
Oksana Masters wins bronze in individual biathlon world championships
- Oksana Masters finished third in the women’s sitting individual biathlon at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships
- Masters’ podium finish was her second of the week, and the third for Team USA
FINSTERAU, Germany – Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) won her second medal of the week as she claimed bronze in the women’s sitting individual biathlon at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.
Masters, who won her first world title in Sunday’s cross-count sprint, returned to the podium in the 12.5-kilometer biathlon event. Masters’ effort on the skis was buoyed by two perfect trips to the range out of four stages.
Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) had his best-ever showing on the world championship stage as he recorded a fourth-place finish in the men’s 15km individual biathlon. Pike finished less than three seconds off the podium. Pike’s teammate and U.S. Army veteran Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas) finished seventh in the same event.
“Today was a complete shock. Although it was a great sunny day, it was one of those frustrating days for biathlon because of the wind. I went into this race with no expectations and just wanted to focus on my process of shooting and have that perfect shot.
“The first two stages didn’t go so well, and I thought it was over at that point. Then I just wanted to out ski people, but I was able to get some good cues from my coaches on the side of the course. As I was approaching the range I focused more on my breath and just taking it one shot at a time and it worked out in the end.”
Team USA: 3
Oksana Masters: 1 gold (cross-country sprint); 1 bronze (individual biathlon)
Andy Soule: 1 silver (cross-country sprint)
Team USA will next compete in the cross-country long-distance events on Thursday, Feb. 16. Competition in Finsterau runs through Sunday, Feb. 19.
For more information, contact Katie Branham, U.S. Paralympics, 719-866-3302 or Katie.Branham@usoc.org.