Oksana Masters cruised to a gold medal Tuesday in her classification of a hand-cycle time trial in Tokyo. It was her ninth career Paralympics medal and third of the gold variety.

Masters, 32, who shuffled between Ukrainian orphanages as a youth with birth defects believed to be from the aftermath of Chernobyl, the world’s worst nuclear accident, displayed her resiliency and determination en route to another honor in a storied career.

“All the stuff that was ingrained in my younger self, are also the reasons why I’ve been able to, with the support of so many people behind me, get to where I am today,” said Masters, who as a malnourished orphan was eventually adopted by her American mom. “I’m hoping that my journey is helping inspire that next young girl.” Read More