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U.S. wins 2 medals on Day 2 of Paralympics, gold still elusive

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The U.S. added two more medals on the second day of the Sochi Paralympics, bringing its total to five, but it has yet to win a gold in Sochi.

Mark Bathum (visually impaired super-G) and Oksana Masters (cross-country sitting 12km) won silver medals Sunday.

Bathum, 55, is the oldest member of the 80-strong U.S. Paralympic Team. He also won silver in the downhill at the 2010 Paralympics.

Masters, 24, won the first U.S. women’s Paralympic cross-country skiing medal since 1994. She was born in Ukraine and won a bronze medal in rowing at the 2012 Paralympics.

The biggest U.S. star of the 2012 Paralympics, Tatyana McFadden, finished fifth in her Winter Paralympic debut in the sitting 12km. She prefers the shorter skiing events yet to come. McFadden is a 10-time Summer Paralympic medalist.

The defending champion U.S. sledge hockey team improved to 2-0, beating South Korea 3-0.

The U.S. won its first wheelchair curling match, 8-5 over Norway, after two losses Saturday.

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Amy Purdy, Winter Paralympic medalist, to perform at Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony

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Amy Purdy made her name as a snowboardcross bronze medalist at the Sochi Paralympics and runner-up on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.

In September, she’ll combine both.

Purdy will perform as a dancer in the Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony on Sept. 7, in addition to being an NBC reporter during the Games.

She was told her performance will be four to five minutes. On “Dancing with the Stars,” her performances were about 90 seconds, she said. She traveled to Rio for a week of rehearsals in July.

Purdy, 36, survived bacterial meningitis in 1999 but lost both her legs and later needed a kidney from her father at age 20.

“I’m most excited about the concept of this dance,” Purdy said. “Just the idea of man versus machine. A lot of times we feel really limited because of our prosthetics. But this dance, hopefully, will kind of shatter those borders a little bit and allow me to move my body in a way I haven’t done before.”

Purdy is an innovator. She built her own snowboard and is seen as instrumental in getting her sport into the Paralympic program beginning in 2014.

A model, she’s been in a Madonna music video, a Super Bowl commercial, ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue and competed on “The Amazing Race” in 2012.

MORE: Rio Paralympic broadcast schedule

Sneak peek at Lindsey Vonn’s episode of ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

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Lindsey Vonn‘s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” will air on NBC on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.

From NBC Universal:

“After roaring across crystal-clear waters in a speedboat, Bear and Lindsey must strip down and swim to shore before inching their way along the rugged coastline. After rappelling down a sheer rock wall, the two get inventive and use a spear-gun to traverse a hundred-foot deep chasm. With the sun setting, they collect a dinner of sea urchins and Bear challenges Lindsey to a swimming competition with hilarious results. Along the way Lindsey shares her journey of love, Olympic glory, and displays the focus and determination that has made her one of the most successful female athletes of all time.”

Vonn is returning from a Feb. 27 crash that left her with three significant left knee fractures.

With 76 career World Cup wins, she is 10 shy of the record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.

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