Graeme Kil­lick

Dou­ble Olympian Won 50km CL Na­tional Ti­tle in 2017

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Julie Me­lan­son

Graeme Kil­lick be­gan ski­ing at the age of five in the Jackrab­bit pro­gram at Ptarmi­gan Nordic Ski Club in Fort Mc­mur­ray, Alta. In 2009, at the age of 19, he par­tic­i­pated in the World Ju­nior Ski Cham­pi­onships in France, plac­ing 14th in the Clas­sic sprint, 15th in the 20km Pur­suit and 25th in the 10km skate. The fol­low­ing year at the U23 Cham­pi­onships in Germany, he placed sev­enth in the 30km Pur­suit.

Kil­lick com­peted on both the World Cup and Nor-am Cup cir­cuits. He made his World Cup de­but in Jan­uary 2011, com­pet­ing in the Skiathlon and the 50km and 15km events.

His best ca­reer re­sult was 19th in the men's 50km FR at the FIS World Cham­pi­onships in 2015 at Falun, Swe­den. Kil­lick proved his strength in the 15km Freestyle as well when he crossed the line in 15th at the Nor­we­gian Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Vang in 2018.

Kil­lick made his Olympic de­but at the Sochi 2014 Games and placed 26th in the 50km Mass Start. At Pyeongchang 2018, he fin­ished 27th in the 50km. Kil­lick was a key mem­ber of the men's 4x10km re­lay at the Sochi and Pyeongchang Win­ter Olympics. In the lat­ter, he gained pre­cious sec­onds, mov­ing up three places dur­ing his leg to help bring the team to a ninth-place fin­ish.

On a na­tional scale, Kil­lick fin­ished fifth in the over­all Nor-am Cup stand­ings in 2012 and 2013 and won the Skiathlon at the Ski Na­tion­als in 2014 and 2015. He won his first 50km Na­tional ti­tle in a bat­tle to the fin­ish line against Andy Shields at Can­more in 2017. “I've al­ways wanted the 50-kilo­me­tre ti­tle, so it was re­ally spe­cial to be able to do it to­day here in Can­more,” he told me­dia out­let CBC.

The FIS World Cups held in Canada were also im­por­tant step­ping­stones dur­ing his ca­reer. “I think the do­mes­tic World Cups have brought a lot of at­ten­tion to the sport, and it's re­ally ex­cit­ing to see a level of en­gage­ment that will pro­pel the next gen­er­a­tion of Cana­dian skiers.”

Kil­lick also has a pas­sion for surf­ing and wind­surf­ing, with an­nual trips to Maui made af­ter the ski sea­son.

Graeme Kil­lick broke into the top 20 in the men's 50km FR with a ca­reer-best 19th at the FIS World Cham­pi­onships in 2015 at Falun, Swe­den.

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