Nishikawa top Canadian woman at XC ski worlds

Yukon skier Emily Nishikawa was the fastest Canadian in the women’s 10-kilometre skate ski race at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, this week.

Yukon skier Emily Nishikawa was the fastest Canadian in the women’s 10-kilometre skate ski race at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, this week.

Nishikawa, who also represented Canada at last year’s Sochi Olympics, finished 30th with a time of 27 minutes and 29.3 seconds. The winner, Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, finished in 25:08.8.

Two American racers took the second and third spots, while two other Canadians placed 32nd and 52nd.

“I had a great race,” Nishikawa said by email from Sweden. “I had a cold last week, so that was not the ideal scenario for my lead-up to the championships.”

“I actually felt really good [on Tuesday], and had one of my best races.

It was a really crazy day with the weather. Halfway through the race it started to dump snow.

It was a big advantage for skiers who started earlier in the race because they were done by the time the snowstorm hit.

The tracks really slowed down once it started to snow.”

Nishikawa was one of the later starters, but persevered through the adverse conditions for a strong finish.

She will race again in the 30-kilometre classic on Saturday.

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