Emily Young competing in biathlon
Headshot of Emily Young

Emily Young

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para Nordic skiing

Hometown

North Vancouver, BC

Emily Young (formerly Weekes) collected two medals in her Paralympic Games debut in 2018.

She 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.

Young competed in wrestling and triathlon at the international level before she was injured in 2009. Her arm injury occurred just before the wrestling event at the Canada Games in 2009. She fought anyway and won the bronze medal. Young raced triathlon afterwards for five years and qualified for international races, including three Ironmans. However by 2013, she had severe nerve damage from her neck to her fingers in her right arm. Her elbow joint is also locked and won’t straighten.

Young started Para nordic skiing in 2014 and a year later competed at her first world championships in Cable, Wisconsin.

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2018 Winter
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Pyeongchang, South Korea
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2018 - Double medallist at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games... Two-time world championship team member (2015, 2017)… Part of historic first ever relay medal (a bronze) for Canada at the Para Nordic world championships, the only woman in the field... Competed at 2012 World Ironman as well as 2012 and 2013 Ironman Canada events...

PERSONAL

In 2018 joined the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country running team in Kamloops, B.C. where she studies arts and psychology... Human Movement Studies, Douglas College, New Westminster, B.C… Diagnosed with nerve damage in her right arm as the result of a wrestling training accident in 2009…Married to Chris Young also an endurance athlete.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 4X2.5 km relay cross country skiing - 2nd

2018 Paralympic Winter Games  - 7.5 km cross country skiing - 3rd

2018 Paralympic Winter Games  - Sprint cross country skiing - 4th

2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 15 km cross country skiing - 5th

2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 6 km biathlon - 7th

2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 12 km biathlon - 7th

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 4x2.5 km relay cross country skiing – 3rd

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 15 km cross country skiing – 4th

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 1 km cross country skiing – 6th

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 5 km cross country skiing – 7th

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 6 km biathlon – 8th

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 10 km biathlon – 10th>

2015 Para-Nordic World Championships – 4x2.5 km relay cross country skiing – 4th

2015 Para-Nordic World Championships – 15 km cross country skiing – 8th

2015 Para-Nordic World Championships – 1 km cross country skiing – 10th

2015 Para-Nordic World Championships – 5 km cross country skiing – 10th

2015 Para-Nordic World Championships – 6 km biathlon – 12th

2015 Para-Nordic World Championships – 12.5 km biathlon – 10th