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Two Southern Interior skiers have been named to the Para nordic Olympic team

Para nordic Olympians

The Southern Interior will be represented on Canada's Paralympic nordic ski team.

Wednesday, Canada unveiled the 12-person Para nordic team that will compete in the Beijing Paralympics beginning March 4.

The team includes 31-year-old Emily Young of Kelowna and and 21-year-old Natalie Wilkie from Salmon Arm.

Wilkie is competing in her second Paralympic games, after winning gold, silver and bronze medals in cross-country skiing at the 2018 games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“I’m really excited to be heading to my second Paralympic Games and building on my success from PyeongChang,” said Wilkie.

“Having four more years of hard training, I know my teammates and I are stronger, and more focused than ever. I know that Team Canada is going to come in strong and throw down some amazing performances.”

Young also competed in PyeongChang, capturing silver and bronze medals.

The team is led by Brian McKeever from Canmore, AB.

McKeever is Canada's most decorated winter Paralympian with 17 medals.

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