Graham Nishikawa guided Brian McKeever to victory in the one-kilometre sprint cross country ski race for athletes with a visual impairment at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, one of three gold medals collected by McKeever in Sochi. Erik Carleton was the guide for McKeever’s other two wins.
Nishikawa’s success with McKeever continued through to the 2017 World Championships in Para Nordic skiing. In February 2017, at the world championships in Finsterau, Germany, the duo took gold in the 10-kilometre and 20-kilometre cross country races and added a historic bronze in the 4x2.5 km relay, Canada’s first ever relay medal in the event.
In able-bodied competition, Nishikawa was previously a member of the senior development squad. He enjoyed a successful 2012-13 season competing at the world championships and placing a career high 15th in the 30 km at a World Cup event. He started racing with the Jackrabbit program and progressed to the Yukon Ski team led by 1988 Olympian Alain Masson.
He moved to Canmore in 2002 to pursue the sport full time.
2014 Paralympic Games gold medal as guide for Brian McKeever in one-kilometre sprint… won three medals with McKeever at the 2017 Para Nordic world championships… 2013 Cross Country Canada world championship team member… Career high 15th in 30-kilometre at World Cup in 2013…
His sister Emily competed at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and placed 42nd in the 15 kilometre distance… 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… Enjoys fly fishing.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS: (as guide for Brian McKeever)
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 10 km cross country – 1st
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 20 km cross country – 1st
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 4X2.5 km cross country relay – 3rd
2014 Paralympic Winter Games – 1 km sprint – 1st