On the heels of International Women’s Day and in the midst of Women’s History month, 20 talented, female Paralympians of Team USA are about to embark on the experience of a lifetime as competition kicks off this weekend for the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics.
The Paralympic movement and the fight for equality go hand-in-hand, and it is our pleasure to honor the extraordinary women who are putting in the time and the training to be elite athletes in their own right. Some of the athletes we will follow are friends of the Foundation or former Travel & Training Fund recipients who represent #TeamWSF. Throughout the Paralympics, from March 9 to 18, these contenders will compete in alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding events.
During the games, WSF will be highlighting the Paralympians and their accomplishments on our social channels, so please join the conversation by using the designated hashtags to support these athletes as they go for gold!
Meet our #TeamWSF Paralympic athletes:
Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing (Louisville, Kentucky),
Four-time Paralympian, three-time Paralympic medalist (1 silver and 1 bronze in cross-country skiing in Sochi, 1 bronze in rowing in London), Summer and Winter Olympian, 2017 World Champion in four Nordic skiing events, she won the first ever United States medal in trunk and arms mixed double sculls in 2012.
Follow Oksana on Twitter @OksanaMasters
Amy Purdy, Snowboarding (Las Vegas, Nevada but trains in Silverthorne, Colorado),
Two-time Paralympian, 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist in snowboard cross, 2017 World Championship bronze medalist in banked slalom, co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, was named one of ESPNW’s Impact 25 in 2014.
Follow Amy on Twitter @AmyPurdyGurl
Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding (Baton Rouge, Louisiana but trains in Salt Lake City, Utah)
Two-time 2017 World Para Snowboard Champion in snowboard-cross and banked slalom, WSF Travel & Training Grantee (2015), America’s ‘Athlete of the Month’ for February 2018.
Follow Brenna on Twitter @bren_hucks
Stephanie Jallen, Alpine Skiing (Harding, Pennsylvania)
Two-time Paralympic bronze medalist in super-G and super combined (2014), IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships bronze medalist in giant slalom (2015), WSF Travel & Training Grantee (2011), she received the award for “Best Paralympic Moment” at Sochi 2014 from the United States Olympic Committee.
Follow Stephanie on Twitter @StephJallen6
Danelle Umstead, Alpine Skiing (Park City, Utah)
Three-time Paralympic bronze medalist in super combined (2010, 2014) and downhill (2010), two-time World Championship silver medalist in downhill and super-G (2015), two-time World Championship bronze medalist in super-G (2017) and super combined (2015), has over 50 Alpine Skiing World Cup medals.
Follow Danelle on Twitter @DanelleUmstead