Graham Nishikawa (guide)
November 19, 1983
Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Ian Daffern, Bruce Johnson, Laurent Roux, Dan Madlung
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.
His sister Emily competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Nishikawa 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. Graha enjoys fly fishing.
– 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)