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Masters Regroups from ‘Unlucky Tangle’ to Finish Fourth in Sprint; Hudak Fourth and Arendz Fifth in at Canmore IPC World Cup

Oksana Masters IPC World Cup Canmore Sprint

Oksana Masters racing to fourth in the IPC World Cup sprint in Canmore, Alberta, on Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy Pam Doyle)

Fresh off her first IPC World Cup skiing medal (bronze) in the women’s sit-ski 5-kilometer race, American Oksana Masters followed up with a strong performance in Tuesday’s 0.75 k sprint in at the IPC World Cup Canmore, Alberta.

According to John Farra, high-performance director of U.S. Paralympics Nordic, Masters was the third-fastest qualifier and won her semifinal to advance to the final.

“[She] was a bit unlucky when she was taken out in the first turn of the course by another competitor,” he wrote in an email. “She managed to get untangled, and get up to finish 4th on the day.”

In an email, Masters reacted to her first podium in the first World Cup of the season in Canmore.

“All I remember from [the 5 k race] besides the pain was Farra yelling that I was in 3rd position in my last lap and to dig deep,” she wrote. “I hammered as hard as I could … I went into the the race with the mind set of … wanting to try my darn hardest to make it in the top 10.”

Newcomer Brittany Hudak Racing in the Classic Sprint at IPC World Cup, Canmore  (Photo Courtesy Pam Doyle.)

Newcomer Brittany Hudak racing in the classic sprint at IPC World Cup in Canmore, Alberta. (Photo Courtesy Pam Doyle.)

“I didn’t know instantly that I got 3rd,” added Masters, a London Paralympic medalist in rowing. “I was shocked and thought it was a mistake at first. I went as hard as I could on the uphills to try to make up for my lack of ski handling skills … I haven’t had much time to learn yet .. and it seemed to be barely enough.”

Canadian Brittany Hudak, 20, finished fourth in the women’s standing 1.25 k classic sprint. Canmore is her first IPC World Cup appearance.

Multiple IPC World Cup medalist Mark Arendz started strong to capture second in the men’s standing 1.25 k classic sprint qualifier. He finished fifth in the final saying, “I just ran out of gas on that final climb and the guys closed the gap on me,” according to a press release from Cross Country Canada.

American Paralympian Sean Halsted and wheelchair-racing champion Tatyana McFadden failed to reach the finals and finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in their races.

The Russians dominated the day across the standing, sitting and visually impaired classes, winning eight of nine medals for men and six of nine for the women.

Complete results

Canadian World Cup Veteran Mark Arenz in the Standing Division Sprint at Canmore.  (Photo Courtesy Pam Doyle)

Canadian World Cup Veteran Mark Arendz in the standing division sprint at Canmore. (Photo Courtesy Pam Doyle)

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