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New Signs Honouring Whitehorse Olympians on Mount McIntyre

PHOTO: (From left to right) Graham Nishikawa, Knute Johnsgaard, and Emily Nishikawa in-front of the new sign honouring their achievements at the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics. By John Kennedy / CKRW

The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club unveiled new signs on the Olympic trail honouring 3 Whitehorse athletes for their participation in the 2018 Olympics.

3 Whitehorse athletes are being honoured by the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club with a new sign on the Olympic Trail.

Athletes Emily Nishikawa, Graham Nishikawa and Knute Johnsgaard had their names unveiled on the trail on Wednesday evening, with the three being recognized for their participation in the 2018 Pyongyang Olympics and Paralympics.

This is both Emily and Graham Nishikawa's second sign on the trail, and Graham says he isn't sure if he will try for another.

"I don't know, I feel this one might be it for me, I'm year by year now. I'll do one more year and re-evaluate, but Bejing seems kinda far off for me," said Graham.

Emily says it's even better having her brother's name with her on the trail.

"It's really cool to be next to my brother up on the sign, He's been so supportive, he's helped me as an athlete and I've learned so much from him over the years."

This sign is Johnsgaard's first on the trail after making Canadian cross-country skiing history in January 2017 when he was a member of the first men’s distance relay team to ever stand on a World Cup podium. 

PHOTO: The new sign on the Olympic Trail. By John Kennedy / CKRW

Last fall, 24-year-old Olympian Dahria Beatty was honoured with her own sign on the trail.

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