Quick facts

Birthdate

November 19, 1983

Birthplace

Whitehorse, YK

Residence

Whitehorse, YK

Sport

Para Nordic Skiing

Experience

Beijing 2022

Graham Nishikawa was one of two guides for Brian McKeever at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. McKeever won three gold and a bronze at the Games to become Canada’s most successful winter Paralympian. 

Nishikawa was a guide in McKeever’s 10 km and 20 km wins and the relay bronze medal.

A year later, he was McKeever’s guide in his golden performance in the 20-kilometre race at the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Prince George, B.C. 

The pair showed no signs of rust to open the 2021-22 season with double gold at the season opening World Cup in Canmore.

At the 2014 Games, his first Paralympic Games, he guided McKeever to victory in the men’s visually impaired one-kilometre sprint cross country ski race, 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 World Championships in February 2017 in Finsterau, Germany, where the duo took gold in the 10-kilometre and 20-kilometre cross country races and added a historic bronze in the 4×2.5 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.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Guide for McKeever at both the 2018 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, part of three gold and one bronze medal performances … Gold medal with McKeever at the 2019 world championships and three medals at the 2017 world championships… 2013 Cross Country Canada world championship team member… Career high 15th in 30-kilometre at World Cup in 2013…

PERSONAL
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

2019 Para Nordic World Championships – long distance cross country – 1st 
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – 10 km cross country – 1st
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – 20 km cross country – 1st
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – 4X2.5 km relay cross country – 3rd
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

Paralympic Medals

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