The United States won a total of 20 medals at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, which ended in mid-March. The Games were held in Beijing, China, from Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 13 with 564 competitors competing in six sports (78 total medal events). Read on for a list of the most notable Team USA athletes of the 2022 Winter Games that are set to become top Paralympic keynote speakers.
Masters won her fifth Paralympic gold medal and 11th total medal between the Summer and Winter Games in the women's biathlon sitting sprint. Masters' seventh medal in her seventh appearance at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing makes her the first American to win seven medals in a single Winter Paralympics. The 32-year-old is the most decorated athlete from the 2022 Winter Paralympics, as well as the most decorated U.S. Winter Paralympian of all time.
Schultz won gold in snowboardcross SB-LL1 and silver in banked slalom SB-LL1 at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Mike Schultz, a St. Cloud resident, was competing in the Paralympic snowboard cross in Beijing, China, to defend his gold medal. Schultz was unable to defend his gold medal, but he was awarded silver for his performance in the qualifier and finals. The gold medal went to Tyler Turner of Canada.
Brenna Huckaby won Team USA's first Paralympic Winter Games gold medal in snowboarding in Beijing 2022. Huckaby also won bronze in snowboardcross. While praising her own achievements, Huckaby also praised the progress made by women's snowboarding since it first entered the Paralympic program at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. She hopes that the hype around Beijing 2022 propels the sport forward.
Geros had a medal-worthy race in the final, edging by his rivals around corners and controlling his speed. He won a silver medal for Team USA, Adaptive Action Sports, and Summit County when he crossed the finish line. Geros set the second-fastest time in qualifying, earning one of the top seeds in the 16-person bracket. In the four-person races that followed, the 22-year-old won his quarterfinal, finished second in his semifinal, and finished second in the final.
Kendall Gretsch, an Illinois native, made her Paralympic debut four years ago in PyeongChang when she became the first American athlete to win gold in biathlon at both the Paralympics and the Olympics. She won gold in a stunning sprint-from-behind finish at the Tokyo Paralympics, where she competed for the first time in her triathlon classification (PTWC2).
On the first day of the Beijing Winter Games, she won a bronze medal in the biathlon sprint event. Gretsch competed in all six of Beijing's individual Nordic skiing events. She won a bronze medal this year.
Sydney Peterson competed in her first Paralympic Games in Beijing after a breakthrough performance at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Norway, where she won three gold.
Peterson, who has been cross-country skiing for a long time, was new to adaptive sports. She had only competed in one World Cup event before the World Championships in January. As a result, she did not qualify for the Paralympic Games automatically. However, World Para Nordic Skiing and the International Paralympic Committee invited her to compete in Beijing as a result of her performance in Lillehammer. She took home silver in Beijing.
Jake Adicoff is a three-time U.S. Paralympian, but he got his first gold in cross-country skiing at the Beijing Games in the 4 x 2.5 mixed relay. He also collected silver in the 20 km classical visually impaired and the 1.5 km sprint for visually impaired skiers. Adicoff first medaled when he won silver in the 10 km classical visually impaired race in 2018. He saw his first action at the Paralympics in 2014. Adicoff grew up skiing despite being born with low vision due to his mother contracting chicken pox during pregnancy. Adicoff currently works as a software engineer at Uber.
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