2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Medalist, Cross Country Ski

Emily Young was an up and coming young wrestler in 2009, when a serious arm injury ended that path. 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.

In 2014, Emily began Para nordic skiing in 2014 and a year later competed at her first world championships in Cable, Wisconsin. She earned her first world championship podium in February 2017 as she helped Canada to a historic bronze in the 4 x 2.5 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.

In 2018, Young was a double medallist at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, winning silver in the mixed 4 x 2.5km event, and bronze in the 7.5 km cross country ski event. She also joined the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country running team in Kamloops, B.C. where she studies arts and psychology. She and her husband Chris, who is also an endurance athlete, live in Kelowna.


  • 2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 4 X 2.5 km relay cross country skiing - 2nd
  • 2018 Paralympic Winter Games  - 7.5 km cross country skiing - 3rd
  • 2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 4x2.5 km relay cross country skiing – 3rd
  • 2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 15 km cross country skiing – 4th
  • 2015 Para-Nordic World Championships – 4 x 2.5 km relay cross country skiing – 4th