Nishikawa 54th at Finland world cup

Whitehorse's Emily Nishikawa is racing against the best in the world before she returns home for Canada's cross-country ski championships in a couple weeks.

Whitehorse’s Emily Nishikawa is racing against the best in the world before she returns home for Canada’s cross-country ski championships in a couple weeks.

The 23-year-old is racing in a series of three FIS World Cups before the Haywood Ski Nationals.

Nishikawa placed 54th in a 10-kilometre classic on Sunday and 69th in the sprint on Saturday in a FIS World Cup in Lahti, Finland.

“Although I’m still looking for better results, I feel like I’m gaining valuable experience in each race I start,” said Nishikawa in an email to the News. “I am learning a lot about how to race, and the speed I need to be skiing at to compete. I have lots more races coming up here in Oslo and Sweden next weekend, so there are lots of opportunities which I am grateful for!”

Nishikawa and her brother Graham competed at their first Nordic World Ski Championships, in Val di Fiemme, Italy, just over a week ago.

Hindered by illness, Emily’s best result at the worlds in individual races were 57th place finishes in the sprint race on Feb. 21 and the 10-kilometre free on Feb. 26.

She helped the Canadian women’s team reach 12th in the 4×5-kilometre relay before having to scratch because their fourth skier was sick.

Illness affected many of Canada’s skiers at the worlds, including Graham whose best result was 39th in the 15-kilometre free on Feb. 27, just 20 seconds away from cracking the top-30. He also came 48th in the 50-kilometre classic to end the championships.

Graham was the first male skier from the Yukon to qualify for the world championships, and Emily was the first female from the territory to reach the worlds since Olympian Lucy Steele-Masson competed in 1997.

Emily’s previous world cup event was the Alberta World Cup in December.

Emily sped to 34th in the 15-kilometre skiathlon and was the top-Canadian, ahead of 11 others. It was her best-ever finish at a world cup event. (Graham also had a breakout performance, placing 15th in the 30-kilometre skiathlon at the Alberta World Cup.)

Emily is currently in Oslo, Norway preparing for another world cup event. She will then travel to Stockholm, Sweden for another world cup before returning to Canada for the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals in Whistler, B.C., in a couple weeks.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, speaks at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 30. Hanley announced three more COVID-19 cases in a release on Nov. 21. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Three more COVID-19 cases, new exposure notice announced

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, announced three… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: COVID-19 strikes another blow at high-school students

They don’t show up very often in COVID-19 case statistics, but they… Continue reading

The Cornerstone housing project under construction at the end of Main Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. Community Services Minister John Streicker said he will consult with the Yukon Contractors Association after concerns were raised in the legislature about COVID-19 isolation procedures for Outside workers at the site. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Concerns raised about alternate self-isolation plans for construction

Minister Streicker said going forward, official safety plans should be shared across a worksite

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley, pictured at a press conference in October, announced three new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 20 as well as a new public exposure notice. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New COVID-19 cases, public exposure notice announced

The new cases have all been linked to previous cases

Beatrice Lorne was always remembered by gold rush veterans as the ‘Klondike Nightingale’. (Yukon Archives/Maggies Museum Collection)
History Hunter: Beatrice Lorne — The ‘Klondike Nightingale’

In June of 1929, 11 years after the end of the First… Continue reading

Samson Hartland is the executive director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines. The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during its annual general meeting held virtually on Nov. 17. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukon Chamber of Mines elects new board

The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during… Continue reading

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and — unsurprisingly — hospital visitations were down. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Annual report says COVID-19 had a large impact visitation numbers at Whitehorse General

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

City council was closed to public on March 23 due to gathering rules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The council is now hoping there will be ways to improve access for residents to directly address council, even if it’s a virtual connection. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Solution sought to allow for more public presentations with council

Teleconference or video may provide opportunities, Roddick says

Megan Waterman, director of the Lastraw Ranch, is using remediated placer mine land in the Dawson area to raise local meat in a new initiative undertaken with the Yukon government’s agriculture branch. (Submitted)
Dawson-area farm using placer miner partnership to raise pigs on leased land

“Who in their right mind is going to do agriculture at a mining claim? But this made sense.”

Riverdale residents can learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s plan to FireSmart a total of 24 hectares in the area of Chadburn Lake Road and south of the Hidden Lakes trail at a meeting on Nov. 26. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Meeting will focus on FireSmart plans

Riverdale residents will learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s FireSmarting… Continue reading

The City of Whitehorse is planning to borrow $10 million to help pay for the construction of the operations building (pictured), a move that has one concillor questioning why they don’t just use reserve funds. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Councillor questions borrowing plan

City of Whitehorse would borrow $10 million for operations building

Most Read