Quick facts

Birthdate

January 15, 1991

Birthplace

Kelowna, BC

Residence

Kelowna, BC

Sport

Para Nordic Skiing

Classification

LW6

Experience

Beijing 2022

PyeongChang 2018

Emily Young collected two medals in her Paralympic Games debut in 2018 with silver in the cross-country relay and bronze in the women’s standing 7.5 kilometre cross country race. A year later she added silver in the mixed team relay at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.

She produced impressive results at the 2021-22 season opening World Cup in Canmore with a silver in the 10 kilometre biathlon and bronze in the 12.5 kilometre biathlon. She also posted two fourth places in cross country races.

Young earned her first world championship podium in February 2017 as she helped Canada to a historic bronze in the 4×2.5 kilometre cross-country relay at the World Para Nordic Championships in Finsterau, Germany. It was the first ever world championship medal in the relay for Canada. In total she raced in six events at both the 2017 and 2015 world championships.

She competed in wrestling and triathlon at the international level before she was injured in 2009. Her arm injury occurred just before the wrestling event at the Canada Games in 2009. She fought anyway and won the bronze medal. Young raced triathlon afterwards for five years and qualified for international races, including three Ironmans. However by 2013, she had severe nerve damage from her neck to her fingers in her right arm. Her elbow joint is also locked and won’t straighten.

Young started Para nordic skiing in 2014 and a year later competed at her first world championships in Cable, Wisconsin.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
In 2019, part of silver medal winning mixed relay team at World Para Nordic Skiing Championships… Double medallist at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games… Three-time world championship team member (2015, 2017, 2019)… Part of historic first ever relay medal (a bronze) for Canada at the 2017 world championships, the only woman in the field.

PERSONAL
In 2018 joined the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country running team in Kamloops, B.C. where she studies arts and psychology… Human Movement Studies, Douglas College, New Westminster, B.C… Diagnosed with nerve damage in her right arm as the result of a wrestling training accident in 2009… Competed at 2012 World Ironman as well as 2012 and 2013 Ironman Canada events… Married to Chris Young who is also an endurance athlete.
 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 Paralympic Winter Games – 15 km cross country – 5th 
2022 Paralympic Winter Games – 6 km biathlon – 7th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games – 12 km biathlon – 8th
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships -Mixed Relay- 2nd
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships – cross country long distance – 5th 
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships – cross country sprint – 6th 
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships – biathlon middle distance – 7th 
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships – biathlon short distance – 8th 
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships – cross country middle distance – 8th 
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – 4X2.5 km relay cross country skiing – 2nd
2018 Paralympic Winter Games  – 7.5 km cross country skiing – 3rd
2018 Paralympic Winter Games  – Sprint cross country skiing – 4th
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – 15 km cross country skiing – 5th
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – 6 km biathlon – 7th
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – 12 km biathlon – 7th
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 4×2.5 km relay cross country skiing – 3rd
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 15 km cross country skiing – 4th
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 1 km cross country skiing – 6th
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 5 km cross country skiing – 7th
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 6 km biathlon – 8th
2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 10 km biathlon – 10th

Paralympic Medals

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