“Felt good throughout”

Kendall Gretsch
Kendall Gretsch

American triathlete Kendall Gretsch found her mojo back to win the gold medal in the women’s middle distance at the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing. The 29-year-old ace had previously failed to defend her title, settling for bronze in the Para Biathlon Women’s Sprint Sitting, but she made up for it on Tuesday.

Gretsch, who won the 10K, edged out his compatriot Oksana master by 8.7 seconds, taking sweet revenge on the latter, who had previously won the women’s seated sprint. On the other side of Germany Anya Wicker won bronze at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon.

“I haven’t really felt that safe in the last couple of races so I didn’t really know what to expect today but I felt really good the whole time.

“The altitude here and the dry air really kills you, so I’m proud that I was able to stay strong throughout the race,‘ said Gretsch, who had previously won gold at the Paralympics three times.

“I’ve skied so many times with Oksana Masters”

Oksana master
Oksana master

Illinois native Gretsch’s success comes just over six months after winning a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Triathlon. During the conversation, she also revealed that both she and Masters know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

“Knowing that there were many more shots left I really focused on each and every shot and took my time today. We practice it so much.

“I’ve skied with Oksana so many times and I know that she can really accelerate on the last lap. You have to push them every second. she is so strong I was just trying to hold it together on the last lap. I just keep pushing. It was so close you couldn’t let go a bit. You had to keep pushing all the time. I was so excited and I’m so excited to have Oksana on the podium with me.”

Also read | Ukrainian-born Oksana Masters wins USA’s first gold medal at Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics

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