Nordic Skiers Close Paralympic Winter Games With 16 Total Medals

By Olivia Truby | March 17, 2018, 11:20 p.m. (ET)

Kendall Gretsch (L) competes in the cross-country mixed relay at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on March 18, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
  • Team USA finishes with two top-12 relay performances on the final day of competition in PyeongChang.
  • The U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team takes home 16 total medals from the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – On the final day of competition at Alpensia Biathlon Center, the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team walked away with 7th- and 12th-place finishes in the 4×2.5-kilometer mixed and open relays.

The mixed relay of Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Illinois), Ruslan Reiter (Manchester, Maine), and Jake Adicoff (Sun Valley, Idaho) and guide Sawyer Kesselheim (Bozeman, Montana) finished the course in a time of 26:07.6, good for 7th place.

In the final event of competition, the open relay of Andy Soule (Kerrville, Texas), Sean Halsted (Spokane, Washington), Grace Miller (Palmer, Alaska) and Mia Zutter (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin) and guide Kristina Trygstad-Saari (Bozeman, Montana) raced to a 12th-place finish with a time of 28:23.1.

The U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team concludes the Paralympic Winter Games with 16 medals, including six gold, seven silver and three bronze. Of those 16 medals, nine were secured in cross-country races, and seven were from biathlon events. Prior to these Games, the U.S. only owned one biathlon medal in all Olympic or Paralympic competition.

U.S. Paralympic Nordic Team Medal Count: 16

Gold: 6 – Kendall Gretsch (long-distance cross-country, biathlon sprint); Oksana Masters (middle-distance cross-country, cross-country sprint); Dan Cnossen (biathlon sprint); Andy Soule (cross-country sprint)

Silver: 7 – Dan Cnossen (middle-distance cross-country, individual biathlon, long-distance biathlon; long-distance cross-country); Oksana Masters (individual biathlon, biathlon sprint); Jake Adicoff/Sawyer Kesselheim (middle-distance cross-country)

Bronze: 3 –  Dan Cnossen (cross-country sprint); Oksana Masters (long-distance cross-country); Andy Soule (individual biathlon)


Jake Adicoff
On being the fourth leg and having to wait so long to start…
“It’s a little bit nerve-wracking and a little bit fun. We get to watch them up on the screen. They did an awesome job on the first three legs.”

Andy Soule
On the final race of the Paralympic Winter Games…
“It’s been an amazing Paralympic Games. The organizers have put on a great event. This is a great team to be involved with. We’ve had a lot of fun here. This is my last Paralympic race, but we have a couple of young athletes here. We’ll have a great team for a long time.”

Grace Miller
On her first Paralympic experience…
“I’ve loved it. The people are amazing and everyone is so supportive and it’s really fun.”


RESULTS
Full results from the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updated information during the event.

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