Mar 4, 2022 - Sports

Meet the Minnesota athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Paralympics

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photos: Amy Sussman/Getty Images, Joe Scarnici / Stringer

Five Minnesota athletes will compete in the winter Paralympics in Beijing between between Saturday and March 13.

Why it matters: The Paralympics are inspiring and it's nice to see Minnesota represented among the 67 U.S. athletes.

The power couple: Park Rapids native Aaron Pike is a six-time Paralympian, competing in every summer and winter games since 2012. In Beijing, he will compete in Nordic skiing.

  • Born in Ukraine, Oksana Masters has 10 medals across Nordic skiing, cycling and rowing, and has been dating Pike for years, according to a People magazine profile.
  • "My heart is breaking for my country of birth," Masters said recently on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Who else is participating, per the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee:

  • Batoyun "Oyuna" Uranchimeg, hometown Burnsville, wheelchair curling.
  • Sydney Peterson, Lake Elmo, Nordic skiing.
  • Max Nelson, Stillwater, Nordic skiing.
  • Mike Schultz, St. Cloud, snowboarding.

What's next: The games will be broadcast on NBC, Olympic Channel and USA Network; and streamed on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.

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