Biography:

First-time Olympian … World Cup silver and bronze medallist … Three-time gold medallist on Nor-Am Cup circuit, with 17 medals overall … Three FIS race medals, including one gold … National Championship bronze medallist … Medallist on Continental Cup, Europa Cup and South American Cup circuits.

GETTING TO KNOW…

Parents are Steve Zakreski and Noriko (Liz) Nishimura … Siblings Adam and Mika … Enjoys piano, yoga, road biking, golf, volleyball, field hockey and horseback riding … Studied Natural Sciences at University of Calgary and is now a licensed realtor in Calgary … Lists Mark Fawcett, Lisa Kosglow, Daniella Mueli, Wayne Gretzky and Elizabeth Manley as sport idols.

World Championship (WC) Results

2009 (Gangwon, KOR): 18th – parallel slalom; 32nd – parallel giant slalom 2007 (Arosa, SUI): 16th – parallel giant slalom; 27th – parallel slalom 2005 (Whistler, CAN): 32nd – parallel slalom; 34th – parallel giant slalom

Career Notes

2009-10: Won World Cup bronze in Telluride, USA (12/15/09) … Captured silver in GS at Nor-Am Cup race in Copper, USA. 2008-09: Earned first World Cup medal, silver, in Limone Piemonte, ITA … Scored silver in FIS Race in Innsbruck/Patscherkofel, AUT and Nor-Am Cup event in Mont Tremblant, Que. … Also took bronze at Nor-Am Cup in Copper, USA … Top result 18th in parallel slalom at WC. 2007-08: Captured bronze at Europa Cup giant slalom in Sand in Taufers, ITA … Won bronze in parallel slalom at Nor-Am Cup in Mt. Hood Meadows, USA. 2006-07: Nabbed four medals on Nor-Am Cup circuit, including gold in parallel giant slalom in Mt. Norquay, Alta., silver in parallel slalom in both Copper, USA and Sunshine Village, Alta. and bronze in parallel giant slalom in Copper, USA … Top WC result 16th in parallel giant slalom … Recorded three top-ten results on World Cup circuit. 2005-06: Won gold in parallel slalom at Nor-Am Cup event in Norquay, Alta. … Four-time Nor-Am Cup silver medallist in Steamboat Springs, USA (parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom), Norquay, Alta. (parallel giant slalom) and Crystal Mountain, USA (parallel giant slalom) … Won gold at South American Cup in Las Lenas, ARG. 2004-05: Nabbed gold at Nor-Am Cup event in Squaw, USA … Nor-Am Cup silver medallist in parallel slalom in Steamboat Springs, USA and Mount Norquay, Alta. … Competed at WC, finishing 32nd and 34th. 2003-04: Was silver medallist in parallel slalom at FIS race in Alberta … Won bronze in slalom at Nor-Am Cup in Breckenridge, USA … Captured bronze in parallel slalom at National Championships in Quebec. 2002-03: Scored gold in parallel slalom at FIS race in Calgary … Recorded three top-10 results on Nor-Am Cup circuit, including 5th place in Nakiska, Alta. … Finished 5th in parallel slalom at National Championships in Calgary. 2001-02: Best result was 5th in Le Relais, Que. and Cypress, B.C. events on Nor-Am Cup circuit and at National Championships in Mont Tremblant, Que. 2000-01: Posted five top-10 results on Continental Cup circuit … Recorded two top-10 finishes in FIS races. 1999-00: Silver at Continental Cup parallel slalom in Nakiska, Alta. … Has two top-5 results at FIS races. 1998-99: Competed at National Championships in Nakiska, Alta,. finishing 27th in giant slalom and 28th in parallel slalom.