Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games saw Team USA continue to obtain significant wins through medial awards and game playoffs. Two medals were won in the women’s cross country and men’s super G. Playoffs were won in sled hockey and curling.
Oksana Masters won silver in the women’s 12km sitting cross-country. The win is a big break for Team USA, being the first Paralympic cross-country medal by an American female in 20 years. Masters came out the gates fast today and was at the top of the leaderboard throughout the duration of the event, eventually finishing with a time of 39:16.0 just behind Ukrainian Lyudmyla Pavlenko who claimed gold at 38:54.3. Masters is also a summer paralympian in rowing. At the 2012 London Paralympic Games, she won a bronze. Masters just started Noric skiing about a year ago, but has proven herself at this debut of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games .
U.S. alpine skier Mark Bathum and guide Cade Yamamoto competed in the men’s super-G visually impaired competition to achieve a silver medal. For events that include a guide, both athletes are awarded medals, but is only counted as one in the overall country total. This was Bathum’s second Paralympic medal, having won alpine downhill silver at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
Team USA sled hockey played strong as their Olympic brothers, winning their first two games. The first game against Italy scored 5 – 1. Brody Roybal claimed 2 goals, followed by Declan Farmer, Josh Sweeney and Paul Schaus each contributing a goal. Amazingly Paul Schaus scored the 5th goal with just 5 seconds remaining in the game. Steve Cash and Jen Lee shared goal tending with Cash making nine saves in the first 40:18, and Lee halting 3 additional tries by Italy for the remainder of the game. The second game against South Korea grabbed a shutout win of 3 – 0. In just the first minute of play, Taylor Chace scored the first goal. Adam Page followed later making the two addition goals. Steve Cash maintained the shutout blocking 9 attempts by South Korea. The win puts Team USA in the medal round which will include a play against Russia.
Team USA wheelchair curling broke their losing streak by beating Norway 8-5. Patrick McDonald, and teammates David Palmer, Jimmy Joseph, Penny Greely, and alternate Meghan Lino propelled the win to position 1-2 in the round robin standings. McDonald proved to be the leader shooting 72 percent contributing key shots to score multiple points in three ends.