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Paralympian feels ‘selfish and guilty’ amid Ukraine invasion as she wins gold

Ukrainian athletes have continued to compete at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics even though their country is currently under attack by Russian forces.

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Ukrainian track and field athlete Oksana Masters admitted to feeling “selfish, helpless and guilty” after winning gold and silver medals at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Masters, 32, was adopted by an American woman at the age of 7 and currently represents the United States at international events.

Biathlon and cross country athlete who has also competed in cycling and sailing in Summer Paralympicswas one of the first stars of the Olympics in China.

She won the 6km biathlon, her fifth Paralympic gold medal, and finished second in the 15km cross country race.

However, in a message posted on her Instagram account, Masters admits that she has struggled to embrace the Olympics amid the Russian invasion of her birthland.







Oksana Masters has won medals at both the Summer and Winter Paralympics
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“It is difficult to find my passion and my desire to compete at these Olympics in the context of war, my homeland. Ukraine is persistent,” she wrote.

“I feel selfish, helpless and guilty for being here. However, I have always been proud to be Ukrainian, feel very proud when I see the Ukrainian flag, and now more than ever, I am proud of myself.” proudest to say that I am Ukrainian.

“My mother always said that my Ukrainian heart made me resilient; it made me a fighter.”

And she also voiced her support for the charity No Child Forgotten, which supports children with physical disabilities in Ukraine, and pledged to donate her exhibits to those affected.

“I will race not just for my own goals, rather than a place on the podium,” she added.







Masters competed in cross-country skiing and triathlon in Beijing
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“Every pole hit, I will race for families and children with disabilities in Ukraine. While the Ukrainian people are fighting for their home and peace, I want to make every starting line and finish the finish line. are far more important than a race or an outcome race.

“I want to help make sure that no child is forgotten. I know what it’s like to be a child with a disability in Ukraine, where medical assistance is so scarce that it doesn’t exist – more Now there’s a war going on.”

Oksana was born with some birth defects caused by radiation after Chernobyl nuclear disaster three years earlier.

She was abandoned by her biological parents at an orphanage where she lived until the age of seven, but since then she has become a super multi-sport athlete.

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