Ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony on March 4, 2022, NBC Sports profiles five women to know: Oksana Masters (Cross-country skiing, biathlon), Kendall Gretsch (Cross-country skiing, biathlon), Lisa Bunschoten (snowboarding), Laurie Stephens (alpine skiing), and Lena Schroeder (sled hockey).
Earlier this year at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Oksana Masters claimed two gold medals in cycling – despite undergoing surgery to remove a tumor with 100 days until the Games. She left Tokyo – her fifth Paralympic appearance – with 10 career Paralympic medals across four sports.
But Masters didn’t have much time for rest. Just hours after her last race in Tokyo, she was already changing her workouts, preparing her body for the transition from cycling to skiing. She won five medals in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics, and could contend for a similar haul in Beijing.
Read about the other competitors to watch at NBC Sports.