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Paralympic Athlete Finally Gets Her Running Legs


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Paralympic athlete finally gets her running legs


'I think the biggest difference is I feel safer.'

Updated: 6:18 PM EDT Sep 14, 2020

"I'm so excited to be here in Oklahoma City, I've never been to Oklahoma," said Oksana Masters. "The reason I'm here is to get some upgrades to my better half.

Masters lost her legs due to radiation from the Chernobyl Nuclear Incident in Ukraine.

But that didn’t stop her athletic spirit. Her Paralympic journey began at 13. She began rowing, skiing and cycling. And has eight gold medals to show for it.

“We're basically building four legs in two weeks. Set of everyday legs and set of running legs,” said an associate of Scott Sabolich Prosthetics.

"My goal now is maybe some track and field sprints, but not long jump because I am a klutz," said Masters.

"We're building her running legs really for the first time. She's done cross-country, she's done rowing, but she's never done anything on her prosthetic legs, so we're building her prosthetics that she could, theoretically, could start competing in,” said the associate of Scott Sabolich Prosthetics.

"I had a set of running legs, but they weren't mine. They were my teammate’s and they were meant for a man and never really fit for me and my sockets, I couldn't run in them," said Oksana Masters. "The biggest thing is as an athlete, I do a lot of training with my prosthetics. I actually live in them and this is the first time I've been able to, like, do pull-ups without stopping and my leg falling off. I think the biggest difference is I feel safer and I'm able to instead of walking backwards down a hill, I can finally walk normal down a hill like I always have."                                                                                                                                  SEE VIDEO REPORT     ;      https://www.wtae.com/article/paralympic-athlete-finally-gets-her-running-legs/34017799

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