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Oksana Masters

U.S. wins bronze medal on last day of Paralympics; final medal standings

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Cross-country skier Oksana Masters won the final U.S. medal of the Sochi Paralympics, bronze in women’s 5km sitting on the last day of competition.

Masters won her second medal of the Games, adding to her 12km silver.

Host Russia finished strong, sweeping two cross-country events Sunday to finish with 80 medals (a record) and 30 golds. The next highest nations had 25 medals and nine golds.

The U.S. totaled 18 medals (its most at a Winter Games since 2002) and two golds. It won 13 with four golds in 2010.

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WATCH LIVE: Sochi Paralympics, Day 9

Alana Nichols
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Four Americans get one more chance to add to their Alpine skiing medal hauls on the final day of competition at the Paralympics.

The women’s giant slalom is on tap for scheduled starters Alana Nichols and Laurie Stephens (sitting) and Stephanie Jallen and Allison Jones (standing).

Nichols already owns downhill silver, while Stephens won bronze medals in the downhill and super-G. Jallen won bronze medals in the super-G and super combined, while Jones took downhill bronze.

Also Sunday, Tatyana McFadden skis in the 5km sitting cross-country race. The 10-time Summer Paralympic medalist won her first Winter Paralympic medal in the 1km sprint, a silver, earlier at the Games.

Russia leads the overall and gold medal counts with a whopping 70 and 27, respectively. The next highest nations have 21 medals and seven golds. The U.S. has 17 medals and two golds.

The Paralympic Closing Ceremony is Sunday at noon ET.

Alpine skiing, 4:30 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

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Ukraine Paralympians cover medals during Russian anthem

Ukraine Paralympics cross-country protest
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Ukraine’s silver medal-winning cross-country relay team covered their medals with their hands during the Russian national anthem in an awards ceremony at the Paralympics in Sochi on Saturday.

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“It is a silent protest, fighting for peace for everyone … because the situation in Ukraine didn’t change,” said Ukraine team official Nataliya Harach, according to The Associated Press. “It is not a political protest … we don’t want any disqualifications.”

Russia won the gold medal in the 4×2.5km cross-country relay, so its anthem was played during the podium ceremony Saturday. Ukraine won silver ahead of France.

Ukraine made news at the Opening Ceremony on March 7, when only one of its athletes marched at Fisht Stadium, its flag bearer. The Paralympics finish Sunday.

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