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All Quotes by author - Oksana Masters
" Cycling's primarily a pushing motion, and skiing is more pulling, so it kind of balances out the body. "
" Every single race that I get on the podium in biathlon, I'm shocked. "
" Growing up in a very poor orphanage in Ukraine, there wasn't much food. "
" I absolutely fell in love with being on the water and the peace and freedom that you get being on the water in a single boat. "
" I am so happy I have been able to channel all the things that I went through when I was younger and make them into something positive. "
" I am so proud to be Ukrainian, and I'm also so proud to be an American. "
" I am very lucky to be living my dream. "
" I can go days without eating if I don't think about food. Your mind, to protect itself, learns not to pay attention to that hunger feeling. "
" I could use a little more body, but I'm happy with it. "
" I definitely did not like my body when I first started sports. I didn't like my body just in general as a teenager. Being a girl and a teenager with two prosthetic legs and two hands that were misshapen that had so much reconstructive surgery on them, I thought my world was over - put a zit on top of that, and then my life is completely over. "
" I definitely went through a period where I don't want to say I hated myself, but I hated what I saw in the mirror. I would try to cover it up, and it wasn't until I started doing sports - until after London 2012 - that I kind of started getting more of that confidence in my body and appreciating my body. "
" I didn't find out about the Paralympics until I was 18 years old. Once I found out what the Paralympics were, I was so excited to know I had a chance to represent my country and wear Team U.S.A. on my back. "
" I don't know why, but I love sunflowers, and I just have this vivid memory of being in a field of sunflowers and how they felt like trees. They felt so tall. "
" I like to keep my hair and makeup routines easy and simple on race days. "
" I'm a coffee lover. "
" I'm a person that, once I start something, I can't just quit it. "
" I'm chasing that gold medal. "
" I'm just stupid and too headstrong. "
" I'm stubborn; once I start something, I want to see how far I can go. "
" In 2012, I was invited to a ski event called the Hartford Ski Spectacular to learn how to sit-ski for the first time. I loved it, but it was not pretty - I was not good. I didn't know how to stop, so I kept throwing myself on the ground. "
" In 2013, I had the chance to try cross-country skiing on snow and just fell in love with being in nature and how hard it was to pick up the sport. And the snow is sparkly. "
" I never in a million years thought I would be able to be a Paralympic athlete. "
" I never thought I'd be able to go back to Ukraine. "
" I remember seeing the Olympics when I was 13. I always wanted to know how it felt to stand on top of the podium hearing your country's anthem while watching your flag being raised in something you poured your heart and soul into. "
" I started doing sports when I was 13 and competitively doing sports - where I was actually training - when I was 17. "
" It doesn't matter what kind of body you have, it's the determination and the spirit that's going to get you there. I want to prove that. "
" I think it is very unfortunate that there is a ban on adoptions in Russia. "
" It's extremely important for my sit ski to be perfectly fit to me. If it's too big, and I shift around, the energy and strength I put into propelling myself forward will be lost. The right fit is everything in my sport. "
" It's hard to understand the athlete's lifestyle. You literally eat, sleep, train. You go to training camps in the winter where there is no Internet, you can't make phone calls. "
" It's insane going from skiing to cycling. Even though you are in prime shape, you feel like you have never worked out a day in your life. "
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