Honoured for outstanding achievements in Nordic skiing and cycling18 Feb 2020
Oksana Masters received the 2020 Laureus Award for her successful 2019
Two-time Paralympic champion Oksana Masters was one of the big winners of the 2020 Laureus World Sports Award during a star-studded ceremony in Berlin, Germany, on Monday.
The US Nordic skier and cyclist was named Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
Masters had a superb 2019, winning five gold medals and a silver at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, plus the cross-country overall World Cup title. She also won silver medals in the road race and time trial H5 at the Para Cycling Road World Championships.
“This award is amazingly beautiful. Thank you so much to the Laureus Academy for this incredible recognition. I just want to say congratulations to all the nominees,” said Masters.
“Thank you to US Para Nordic and US Para Cycling for allowing me to balance two sports and represent two teams that I love. Thank you to Team USA and USOPC.
“Thank you so much to the number 1 person in my entire life: mom, thank you for being here. Thank you so much for saving me, giving me a second opportunity in life and opening the doors of sports and waiting for me until I was ready to walk through that door.
“Thank you so much to my boyfriend Aaron Pike.
“To any girl of boy, no matter what age, if you guys look different or think you look different, never let society determine what you see when you look in the mirror or the preconceived notions of what they think it is possible. Go for it!”