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Sports archive for January 9, 2014

Emily Nishikawa wins first distance race at Olympic trials

Emily Nishikawa didn’t just win the first distance race at Canada’s Olympic cross-country ski trials – she blew away the field.

By Whitehorse Star on January 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Emily Nishikawa didn’t just win the first distance race at Canada’s Olympic cross-country ski trials – she blew away the field.

The 24-year-old Whitehorse skier took a major step towards booking her ticket to Sochi after dominating the women’s 10-km individual start classic-ski race held in Canmore, Alta.

Nishikawa finished nearly an entire minute ahead of the rest of the field, crossing the finish line with a time of 32:32.1.

“I have put in the work and now put it together for the races, and that feels incredible,” Nishikawa told Cross Country Canada officials post-race. “The wax was amazing and my skis were incredible today.”

Brittany Webster of Caledon, Ont. finished second in 33:26.5.

Despite the incredible win, Nishikawa knows the job isn’t done yet, with another distance race looming Sunday.

“I’m not going to celebrate just yet,” the Olympic hopeful said. “I am going to get ready for Sunday’s race.”

Brian McKeever, 34, the athlete who made history as the first-ever athlete to be named to an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Team in 2010, won the men’s 15-km individual start classic-ski race with a time of 46:02.4.

Graham Nishikawa, 30, finished seventh in 47:15.3.

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