Nishikawa ends year on top

Graham Nishikawa has a full set just in time for Christmas. After winning a silver and a bronze over the last couple weeks at NorAm meets in BC, the…

Graham Nishikawa has a full set just in time for Christmas.

After winning a silver and a bronze over the last couple weeks at NorAm meets in BC, the local cross-country skier earned a gold Sunday in a 30-kilometre race in Duntroon, Ontario.

Ending in a sprint against and three other competitors, Nishikawa outpaced the others despite pushing the limits on uphill sections of the race.

“We separated ourselves from the rest of the field pretty early on,” said Nishikawa. “I felt pretty strong the whole day and it came down to a sprint at the end and I managed to win.

“My strategy was to push the pace at the front, up the hills to try and tire everybody out. It seemed to work because I still had a bit of energy left at the end in the sprint.”

Finishing third was David Nighbor of North Bay, Ontario, while second went to Alex Harvey from St. Ferreol, Quebec. Harvey and Nishikawa have been neck-and-neck in numerous races so far this season.

“He’s won three races already this season,” said Nishikawa. “We’ve been battling it out pretty close.”

The day prior to the 30-kilometre event, Nishikawa was poised to take another podium spot, racing in a sprint race, but ran into some trouble while nearing the finish line. Firmly in second place, Nishikawa dropped four spots to sixth when he wiped out going down a hill.

“It was a pretty epic crash,” said Nishikawa. “So it’s kind of disappointing but there’s not much you can do about that because it happened all of a sudden.

“I guess a had a bit of extra aggression left over for Sunday’s race.”

Nishikawa will be back competing early in the New Year. In the most important races so far this season, Nishikawa will be racing January 2 in the World Junior Championship trials in Canmore, Alberta. Preferring the distance races, Nishikawa will be focusing on the 30-kilometre race followed by a 15-kilomtre race a few days later.

Contact Tom Patrick at

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

Just Posted

Fourth person recovers from COVID-19

No new cases in the territory.

Wyatt’s World

John Hopkins-Hill News Reporter… Continue reading

New measures make previous COVID-19 orders enforceable

Violators could face a fine, up to six months in jail or both

Owner of Whitehorse home targeted in police raid wants more communication between cops, landlords

Marie-Pierre Leblanc Demers is the owner of 5051 Fifth Ave. in downtown Whitehorse


Wyatt’s World

Carcross/Tagish First Nation postpones general election

Carcross/Tagish First Nation has postponed its general election for chief until further… Continue reading

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in postpones election of chief

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in has postponed its election for chief after all three candidates… Continue reading

Organizers continue to plan for Reckless Raven

Significant changes or eventual cancellation not ruled out

City readies for another food truck season

Physical distance will be encouraged

Comprehensive Review of HSS report extended 30 days

The Yukon government has given the independent expert panel, charged with the… Continue reading

Yukon government announces supports for businesses forced to cancel events, clarifies precautions for mining industry

Temporary funding program passed to help businesses and NGOs who lost money on cancelled events.

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week. Formalizing… Continue reading

Air North not informed by officials of COVID-19 case, president says

Joe Sparling says Air North learned via social media that passenger on flight had COVID-19

Most Read