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Skiers Cockney, Nishikawa go for final Olympic spots

After winning one race each at the Olympics trials in Canmore, Alta. this weekend, cross-country skiers Jesse Cockney, originally from Yellowknife, and Whitehorse's Emily Nishikawa could make the Olympic team.

Athletes win one race each at trials in Canmore, Alta.

Jesse Cockney, originally from Yellowknife, could be heading to the Olympics next month, after placing first in the men's sprint ski at the Olympic trials in Canmore, Alta. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Two cross-country skiers originally from the North are just days away from knowing if their Olympic dreams will come true. 

Jesse Cockney, originally from Yellowknife, came in first place at the Buff Sprints ski trials in Canmore, Alta. on Saturday. He also came in second place in the men's 30-kilometre skiathlon race, and fourth in the 15-kilometre race.

Whitehorse's Emily Nishikawa finished first at the women's 10-kilometre classic ski race in Canmore, Alta., and is now being considered for Canada's Olympic cross-country ski team. (Les Berezowski/Cross Country Canada)
On Thursday, Whitehorse's Emily Nishikawa placed first at the 10-kilometre classic ski race. Though she placed sixth in the women's 15-kilometre skiathlon race on Sunday, she will still be considered for Canada's Olympic cross-country ski team. 

Cockney will be considered too. Athletes needed to win only one race at the trials this past week in order to be considered. 

The athletes won't know if they made the team until Tuesday, when Cross Country Canada officially announces the team. 

So far, seven skiers have been named to represent Team Canada in Sochi, Russia, leaving four spots open — for two men and two women. 

In a press release, Cockney said he did "all that I can" in his attempt to qualify for the Olympics and now can only wait for Tuesday's announcement. 

Other Northern athletes competed at the trials this weekend, including Graham Nishikawa, Emily's brother. 

He placed seventh in the men's 15-kilometre race on Thursday, and 11th in the 30-kilometre skiathlon on Sunday. 

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