Graham Nishikawa (guide)

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Date of Birth: November 19, 1983
Place of Birth: Whitehorse, Yukon
Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon
Club: Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Coach: Robin McKeever
Wax Technician: Ian Daffern, Bruce Johnson, Laurent Roux, Dan Madlung
Years on Senior Team: 8
Career Highlights


Website: www.the-nish.com
Personal Sponsors: FSC Architects and Engineers

Equipment:
Skis: Fischer
Poles: Swix
Boots/Bindings: Salomon

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Background

Background to National Ski Team:
A member of Canada’s senior development squad, Graham qualified to represent Canada at the World Championships in 2013 for the first time at the elite level. After getting started racing competitively while in a Jackrabbit program, Graham progressed on to the Yukon Ski Team, led by 1988 Olympian Alain Masson. Graham’s dedication to the sport resulted in him moving to Canmore, Alta. in 2002 to pursue cross-country ski racing full time. Graham joined teammate, and friend, Brian McKeever in 2014 and helped guide him to three gold medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Exercising an innovative strategy to overcome the challenging race conditions in Sochi, Russia, McKeever utilized both of his training partners and guides, Graham and Erik Carleton, in the 20-kilometre classic-ski race and the 10-kilometre skate-ski race, to win the gold. Graham also guided McKeever to a thrilling victory in the sprint race at the Games.

Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
With the Great North as his playground, Graham Nishikawa began his ski career exploring the trails in and around Whitehorse, Yukon. Graham began as a Jackrabbit in the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, and worked his way up to the Territorial Experimental Ski Training program. The T.E.S.T program began in Inuvik in the 1970’s as a project developed by Father J.M. Mouchet to encourage promising athletes in Canada’s North. Graham was drawn to cross country skiing because it combined great camaraderie, activity and the outdoors.
 
Personal:                                                                                                                                           
When not skiing, Graham takes correspondence courses from Athabasca University. He also enjoys reading, and getting out to do some fly fishing. When he retires from skiing, Graham will head back to school to finish his Bachelor of Commerce degree that is half-way complete.

Notable Results

Guided Brian McKeever to the gold medal in the sprint race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
A winner of seven medals on the 2013 Haywood NorAm Circuit including three gold in 2013
Won two silver medals at 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals
One gold, one silver and one bronze medal on the Haywood NorAm circuit in 2011-12
Seven victories on Haywood NorAm circuit in 2010-11
17 podium finishes on Haywood NorAm circuit in 2010-11
2011 – World Cup, Falun, SWE: 27 (15km F)

Full Results

Paralympic Results:
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS: 1 (Sprint F)

World Championship Results:
2013 – World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme, ITA: 48 (50km Mst)
2013 – World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme, ITA: 39 (15km F)
2013 – World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme, ITA: 51 (30km Skiathlon)
 
World Cup Results:
2013 – World Cup, Canmore, CAN: 15 (30km Skiathlon)
2013 – World Cup, Canmore, CAN: 38 (15km Mst)
 
National Results:
2013 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Whistler, B.C.: 2 (Sprint C)
2013 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Whistler, B.C.: 2 (10km F)
2013 – Haywood NorAm, Nakkertok, Ont.: 3 (30km C Pursuit)
2013 – Haywood NorAm, Nakkertok, Ont.: 2 (15km F)
2013 – Haywood NorAm, Duntroon, Ont.: 1 (15km F)
2013 – Haywood NorAm, Duntroon, Ont.: 3 (Sprint C)
2013 – Haywood NorAm, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1 (30km Skiathlon)
2013 – Haywood NorAm, Vernon, B.C.: 1 (15km F)
2012 – Haywood NorAm, Canmore, Alta.: 1 (15km F Pursuit)
2012 – Haywood NorAm, Whistler, B.C.: 2 (Sprint F)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Whistler, B.C.: 3 (Skiathlon 30km Mst)
2011 - Haywood NorAm, Cantley, Que.: 1 (30km C)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Cantley, Que.: 1 (35km M)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Cantley, Que.: 2 (Sprint F)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Cantley, Que.: 1 (3.3km F)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Telemark SC: 2 (20km F)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Telemark SC: 2 (15km Pursuit)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Telemark SC: 3 (3.5km C)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Orford, Que.: 1 (39km M)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Orford, Que.: 1 (20km Pursuit)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Orford, Que.: 1 (10km C)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Orford, Que.: 1 (4km C)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 2 (15km F)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 2 (30km Pursuit)
2010 – Haywood NorAm, Vernon, B.C.: 2 (15km F)
2010 – Haywood NorAm, Vernon, B.C.: 3 (Sprint C)