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News archive for January 29, 2014

Emily Nishikawa’s Olympic Dream Day declared

Local cross-country skier Emily Nishikawa will have the entire city behind her as she gets set to compete among the world’s best at the Sochi Olympics next month with a day proclaimed in her honour.

By Stephanie Waddell on January 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

CHEERING ON AN OLYMPIAN – Coun. Mike Gladish, who works full time as the manager of the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, donned his 'Go Emily Nish!ʼ T-shirt for Mondaysʼ council meeting when Feb. 7 was proclaimed Emily Nishikawasʼ Olympic Dream Day. Nishikawa is a skier from Whitehorse who was named to Canadasʼ Olympic cross-country ski team.

Local cross-country skier Emily Nishikawa will have the entire city behind her as she gets set to compete among the world’s best at the Sochi Olympics next month with a day proclaimed in her honour.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Dan Curtis proclaimed Feb. 7 – the day the Olympics begin – as Emily Nishikawa’s Olympic Dream Day.

“... The community is extremely proud that a local athlete has qualified for the Canadian Olympic team,” Curtis said in proclaiming Feb. 3 to 9 as Cross-Country Ski Week in the city.

He went on to note the city “supports the club and the facilities that have helped Emily on her Olympic journey, and the Government of Yukon provides support to elite athletes and competitive pursuits.”

Cross-country skiing, he added, is an excellent way for our citizens to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity throughout the winter.

The proclamation followed a party held Sunday at the Mt. McIntyre Recreation Centre (home of the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club), where numerous residents turned out to sign a banner wishing their hometown hero good luck on her Olympic quest.

Ski club manager Mike Gladish, who also serves as a city councillor, and was decked out in his red “Go Emily Nish!” T-shirt for Monday’s council meeting, said this morning that Nishikawa’s name on the Canadian Olympic team hasn’t yet translated to increased skiers at the facility – and that’s not surprising given the effect the warm weather has had on the Mt. McIntyre trails.

What it has done though is caught the attention of the young, competitive crowd at the club who are out on the trails even in less than ideal conditions.

“There’s certainly a buzz,” he said, noting that competitive crowd has skiers as young as eight years old.

He also pointed out that Whitehorse already has a large cross-country ski community that has seen regular coverage in local media. Nationally, he noted, the sport has received more attention over the last couple of years.

And nearly every day, the local club has calls from people who are new to skiing or skied years ago and want to try it out and that all bodes well for the long-term future of cross country skiing locally, he said.

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Josey Wales

Jan 29, 2014 at 5:56 pm

“the entire city behind her”...hardly.
As I could care less for summer/winter Olympics and in particular elitist sports subsidized by our taxes via feel good political blowholes.

Speaking of skiers, I’m certain even a few of them walk our river trails and the MT…perhaps given that presumptuous info the city will run a tractor over those trails so they are walkable. After all even a few important folks whom ski may use it too.

Funny that no epic slush/ice build up on the Sima road or to the ski trails Emily and her minions use. Imagine that eh?
In this day of reuse and recycle I find it hard to believe that anyone, including our over represented greenies, support “The Olympics”
Mega huge carbon footprint and hypocritical use of materials every two years?
....but hey, “protect the Peel” they bleat?

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