Graham Ritchie

About

Date of birth:
September 23, 1998
Place of birth:
Parry Sound, ON
Hometown:
Parry Sound, ON
Club:
Georgian Nordic
Coach:
Timo Puiras
Wax Technician:
Timo Puiras, Felix Vezina
Years on Senior National Team:  2
Equipment:

Skis: Rossignol
Boots/Bindings: Rossignol

 

Background

National Ski Team Background:
Graham started training in his hometown of Parry Sound at Georgian Nordic coached by Peter Wiltmann. Three years ago, he moved to Thunder Bay to join the National Team Development Centre. Two years ago, Graham was able to ski to a 12th place finish in the skate sprint at the World Junior Championships which earned him a spot on the National Ski Team. He has not looked back and is ready to make another move forward in his development during the 2020 season.

Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
Graham’s parents put him on skis for the first time when he was around five years old. He joined his local Jackrabbit program in Parry Sound and skied a few times a month growing up. Juggling around hockey and skiing took up a lot of Graham’s childhood, but hockey was always the priority. It wasn’t until Grade 12 that he decided to pursue skiing and to train full-time and put all of his focus into racing. Unlike most skiers Graham talked too, he never followed the World Cup or knew anything about the elite level of skiing for the first few years when he started racing. He really didn’t base his inspirations off of that, and just knew that he loved the sport.

Personal:
Outside of skiing, growing up in Parry Sound gave Graham the opportunity to be involved in a bunch of different activates such as hockey, snowmobiling, golfing, wakeboarding, boating and so many more fun things! He is currently taking Business at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.

Notable Results

2019 – World Cup, Quebec City, CAN: 69 (Sprint F)
2019 – Haywood NorAm, Red Deer, Alta.: 1 (Sprint F), 3 (10km F)
2019 – Under-23 World Ski Championships, Lahti, FIN: 52 (15km F), 26 (Sprint C)
2018 – World Junior Championships, Goms, SUI: 12 (Sprint F)
2018 – German Nationals, Obersdtorf, GER: 2 (15km F mst)

Full Results

World Championship Results:
2019 – Under-23 World Ski Championships, Lahti, FIN: 52 (15km F), 26 (Sprint C)
2018 – World Junior Championships, Goms, SUI: 12 (Sprint F)

National Results: (Significant NorAm, Nationals, etc.)
2019 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Nakkertok, CAN: 2 (Team Sprint with Malcolm Thompson)
2019 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Nakkertok, CAN: 5 (Sprint F)
2018 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Thunder Bay, CAN: 2 (Sprint F)
2018 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Thunder Bay, CAN: 3 (15km Pursuit F)
2018 – Haywood NorAm, Mont. St. Anne, CAN: 2 (Sprint F)
2018 – Haywood NorAm, Rossland, CAN: 2 (Sprint F)
2018 – Haywood NorAm, Rossland, CAN: 2 (15km F)
2017 – Haywood NorAm, Sovereign, CAN: 2 (Sprint C)
2017 – Haywood NorAm, Nakkertok, CAN: 1 (20km Pursuit F)