Emily Young: 3 things you didn't know

Canadian Para skier's favourite film might surprise you 27 Jun 2017
Gold: France	DAVIET Benjamin	CHALENCON Anthony VALVERDE Simon	DAVIET Benjamin	CLARION Thomas BOLLET AntoineSilver: NorwayULSET Nils-ErikOLSRUD HakonULSET Nils-ErikBYE Eirik NELSON ArvidBronze: CanadaMCKEEVER Brian NISHIKAWA GrahamYOUNG EmilyARENDZ MarkMCKEEVER Brian NISHIKAWA Graham

France won gold, followed by Norway and Canada in the open relay at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau, Germany.

ⒸHeinz Schaefer and Hans Kaulich
By Louise Wood | For the IPC

After taking up Para nordic sports just under two-and-a-half years ago Canada’s Emily Young is already one of the most exciting athletes in cross country skiing. She tried skiing after injuring her arm in her former career as a wrestler and has never looked back.

Last season she won her first World Championship medal in Finsterau, helping her teammates to bronze in the Open Relay. She also finished just off the podium coming fourth in the cross country long distance race.

On the World Cup she claimed three podiums finishing second twice in the cross country sprint races in Vuokatti and Sapporo, and third in the biathlon sprint in PyeongChang, the course which will host the Paralympic competition next year.

The 26-year-old standing skier has already started her training programme for next season and is very excited about competing in her first Paralympic Games.

Here Young tells us a few things you might not know about her.

Her ‘spirit animal’

“Finding Nemo is my favourite movie! When I was racing triathlon I swam with one arm. I joked around and said that Nemo was my spirit animal.”

A love of popcorn

“Popcorn isn't just a food, it's a food group. Popcorn is my weakness and I don't think I would have it any other way!”

Musical tastes

“I listen to country music all the time! My husband and I are both huge country fans and no matter the time of year we will have it playing!”