Graham Nishikawa (guide)

About

Date of birth:
November 19, 1983
Place of birth:
Whitehorse, YT
Hometown:
Whitehorse, YT
Club:
Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Coach:
Robin McKeever
Wax Technician:
Ian Daffern, Bruce Johnson, Laurent Roux, Dan Madlung
Years on Senior National Team:  11
Personal sponsors:
FSC Architects and Engineers
Equipment:

Skis: Fischer
Poles: Swix
Boots/Bindings: Salomon

 

Background

Background to National Ski Team:
After getting started by 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 qualified to represent Canada at the World Championships in 2013 for the first time at the elite level. Shortly after, he joined teammate and friend, Brian McKeever in 2014 where he 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.

Team McKeever was back making history in 2018. Exercising a two-guide strategy with Graham and Russell Kennedy, Brian went on to win three more golds and a bronze medal at the 2018 Games.

Nearly unbeatable since teaming up in 2015, Team McKeever is on a golden track to Beijing 2022. They stomped the field to take top prize at the 2019 World Championships in the distance race on home snow in Prince George last year.

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:
His sister Emily competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games… Graham began his ski career exploring the trails in and around Whitehorse, Yukon. He was drawn to cross-country skiing because it combined great camaraderie, activity and the outdoors. He is taking correspondence courses from Athabasca University and working towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Enjoys fly fishing.

Notable Results

Career Highlights:
– Guided Brian Mckeever to two of his three gold and one bronze medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games
– Guided Brian McKeever to the gold medal in the sprint race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
– Guided Brian McKeever to two gold medals at the 2017 IPC World Championships in Finsterau, Germany
– Team McKeever won two gold medals at the 2016 IPC World Cup Finals in Vuokatti, Finland
– Team McKeever won one gold medal at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin
– Team McKeever won two golds medals at the 2015 IPC World Cup in Asahikawa, Japan
– Winner of seven medals on the 2013 Haywood NorAm Circuit including three golds 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:
2018 – Paralympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, Korea: 1 (20km F); 1 (10km C); 3 (Open Relay)
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS: 1 (Sprint F)

World Championship Results:
2019 – World Para-Nordic Ski Championships, Prince George, CAN: 1 (Long Distance Classic)
2017 – World Para-Nordic Ski Championships, Finsterau, GER: 1 (Middle Free), 1 (Long Classic)
2015 – IPC World Championships, Cable, USA: 1 (Long Distance)
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:
2020 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Lillehammer, NOR: 1 (Short Distance), 2 (Sprint), 2 (Middle Distance)
2020 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Dresden, GER: 2 (Sprint)
2020 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 1 (Short Distance)
2020 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Finsterau, GER: 2 (Middle Distance)
2019 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Sapporo, JPN: 1 (Short Distance Classic)
2019 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Sapporo, JPN: 1 (Middle Distance Classic)
2018 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 2 (Sprint Classic)
2018 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Short Distance Free)
2018 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 2 (Middle Distance Classic)
2018 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Obberied, GER: 2 (Long Distance Free)
2018 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Oberried, GER: 1 (Middle Distance Classic)
2018 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Oberried, GER: 1 (Sprint Free)
2017 – Para-Nordic World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Sprint Classic)
2016 – IPC World Cup Finals, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Middle Free), 1 (Long Classic)
2015 – IPC World Cup, Asahikawa, JPN: 1 (Middle Distance), 1 (Long Distance)
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)