Haywood RACE Report: Emily Nishikawa finishes 25th in the 13th Tour de Ski

    January 6, 2019

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    Another great day for racing, with temperatures just above zero as the athletes began the final stage of the Tour de Ski.

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    Today's race was a pursuit, skate race, with the athletes skiing through fairly undulating terrain for the first 6k, before climbing the Alpe Cermis alpine hill for the final 3k.

    Canada's remaining competitor was Emily Nishikawa, who was looking to be only the 5th Canadian woman's finisher in the Tour's 13 year history.

    There were minimal position changes on the day as Ingvild Oestberg of Norway led from start to finish adding a gold to last year's Tour silver medal and 2, 3rd place finishes. It is the 6th year in a row that the Norwegians have claimed the title.

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    Emily started the race in a "wave start" of 10 skiers and skied a steady race to finish the Tour in 25th place overall. It was another good race for Emily, who's strength has tended to be more in classic technique, as she finished with the 20th fastest time on the course.
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    Emily Nishikawa (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, tour de ski,  www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

    With today's finish, Emily becomes the 5th Canadian woman to complete the Tour, and her result ranks 3rd behind Sara Renner who finished 21st and 23rd in 2009 and 2010. Chandra Crawford, Amanda Ammar and Perianne Jones completed the Tour in it's inaugural year 2006/2007.

    Members of the Canadian team have been training in Seefeld, the site of teh upcoming World Championships and will now focus on racing in next weekend's World Cup in Dresden, Germany, which features individual and team, skate sprints.

    Back in North America today, there will be a large contingent of Canadians racing the skate, distance races at the US Nationals in Craftsbury, Vermont.
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