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Louisville Paralympic champion sets sights on gold

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Masters receiving her bronze medal in Sochi. Masters receiving her bronze medal in Sochi.
The two medals Masters won in Sochi. The two medals Masters won in Sochi.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – She is Louisville's champion and is back at home after taking Sochi by storm and taking home two medals. Paralympic athlete Oksana Masters dreams of even more. 

If you knew the name Oksana Masters before March, it was probably because of her highly-successful rowing career. She was bronze medalist in the 2012 London Paralympic Games for rowing. Oksana said turning her attention from the water to the snow just sort of happened.  

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"Trying the whole winter sport just kind of came out of nowhere," said Oksana. "It was just an opportunity. 

She viewed it as a good chance to cross-train for rowing and then about 14 months ago, she really started to focus. Even then, with an eye toward Sochi, bringing home a medal never really was the goal. 

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"Alright I've made the team," Masters said of her thoughts at the time, "this is pretty good accomplishment as it is. I'm not going to set unrealistic goals for myself that I know I haven't fairly put the time into it yet." 

Ever the over-achiever Masters came out of Sochi with not one medal but two. 

"Got a silver medal from the 12K cross country race and then the bronze medal from the - and they're heavy - from the 5K," she said. 

Two paralympic games, two different sports, three medals: You might think that would be enough. But Masters has her sights set on gold to, "complete these two colors with the one that's supposed to fit in between: The really bright, pretty one so hopefully maybe in South Korea or maybe the summer games. Who knows what I do." 

Oksana's accolades for the Paralympic Games in Sochi may not be finished yet. Her coaches nominated her for Best Female Paralympian and Best Paralympic moment for being the first American woman in 20 years to medal in cross-country skiing. She'll find out if she gets either of those awards April 7. 

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