Emily Young


Date of Birth: January 15, 1991
Place of Birth: North Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
Club: Telemark Nordic Club
Coach: Robin McKeever
Years on Senior Team: 4
Career Highlights

Personal Sponsors:

Skis: Fischer
Poles: Leki
Boots/Bindings: Fischer

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National Ski Team Background:
After being encouraged to try cross-country skiing in 2014, Emily demonstrated immediate potential and is now in her third official season on the national team as a development skier, and her fourth full ski race season.

Emily earned her first world championship podium in February 2017 as she helped Canada to a historic bronze in the 4x2.5 kilometre cross-country relay at the Para Nordic World 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.

Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
Emily was introduced to cross-country skiing in the summer of 2014 by the HollyBurn Cross-Country Ski Team coach, Jake Weaver.  After that she was introduced to the B.C. Para-ski coordinator, Tony Chin.  Emily attended the annual Para-nordic camp in Canmore, and things seemed to fall into place from that moment on.

A promising wrestler, Emily was injured during an accident back in July of 2009 at a wrestling training camp. At the time this was her sport of choice, and she loved every minute of it! it wasn't until 2010 when she got her first surgery on her arm when her career as a wrestler faded away. Determined to stick with sports, and with instruction from the doctors to stay away from contact sports, Emily found herself training for triathlon. At this point, her arm was still functioning at about 60 per cent of capacity, and she used two arms for all her elements.  In the end of 2010, Emily had another elbow surgery that unfortunately led to more set backs.  She continued with triathlon, however, her arm continued to degrade and she became more and more left hand dominant. Emily lost a lot of range of motion with her right arm.  In March 2014, following her most recent survey, Emily’s arm was left contacted at 90 degrees, and with loss of feeling and the use of some muscles. 

Notable Results

Career Highlights:
2017 – IPC World Championships, Finsterau, GER: 3 (Team Relay)
2017 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 3 (Sprint Classic)
2017 – IPC World Cup, Pyeongchang, KOR: 2 (Sprint Classic)
2017 – IPC World Cup, Sapporo, JPN: 5 (Short Classic), 5 (Middle Free), 2 (Biathlon Sprint), 8 (Biathlon Long)

– Won a bronze medal in a 7.5km skate race at the 2016 IPC Asia Cup in South Korea

– Fourth place against a stacked field in long distance racing at IPC World Cup in Vuokatti, FIN

– Racing her first World Championships in 2015 after three months of not skiing

Full Results

World Championship Results:
2017 – IPC World Championships, Finsterau, GER: 6 (Sprint Free), 7 (Middle Free), 4 (Long Classic), 8 (Biathlon Sprint), 10 (Biathlon Middle)

IPC World Cup Results:

2017 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 3 (Sprint Classic), 4 (Biathlon Long)
2017 – IPC World Cup, Pyeongchang, KOR: 2 (Sprint Classic), 4 (Middle Classic), (Long Free), 9 (Biathlon Sprint)
2017 – IPC World Cup, Sapporo, JPN: 5 (Short Classic), 5 (Middle Free), 2 (Biathlon Sprint), 8 (Biathlon Long)
2016 – IPC Asia Cup, PyeongChang, South Korea: 4 (Sprint C), 3 (Middle Distance F), 5 (Biathlon Middle)
2016 – IPC World Cup, Finsterau, AUT: 8 (Sprint F), 7 (Long Distance C), 9 (Biathlon Long), 6 (Biathlon Middle)
2016 – IPC World Cup Finals, Vuokatti, FIN: 5 (Sprint), 7 (Middle Distance), 10 (Biathlon Sprint), 4 (Biathlon Long)

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