by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern
As the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing came to a close, Team USA‘s 67 members celebrated their tremendous success this year. Team USA earned 20 medals, including six gold, eleven silver, and three bronze, placing fifth overall. Nine athletes took home their first Paralympic medal, while Oksana Masters became the first American to win seven medals at a single Paralympic Winter Games. Jake Adicoff, who is visually impaired, and his guide Sam Wood, performed in the mixed relay, long-distance cross-country, and sprint cross-country events, earning three medals each, and becoming the most decorated U.S. men from the 2022 Games. At the completion of the Winter Games, Julie Dussliere the USOPC (United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee) chief of Paralympic sport, and 2022 Chef de Mission said, “’To be able to witness the masterful performances of our U.S. athletes on the ice and snow has been awesome…We are grateful to our athletes, staff, and National Governing Bodies for their support in a successful 2022 Games.’” Congratulations on your impressive performance Team USA! For more on Jake Adicott and Sam Wood, please read the Idaho Mountain Express article, Jake Adicoff, Sam Wood golden in Beijing. For more information about all of Team USA, please visit Team USA’s website and read the article, Team USA Celebrates Historic Performance as 2022 Winter Paralympic Games Conclude.