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Arctic Winter Games
1:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

‘2,000 Friends, All Together’: Ceremony Closes 2014 Arctic Winter Games

The Tanacross Dancers opened Saturday evening's Arctic Winter Games closing ceremony.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Arctic Winter Games ended Saturday, a week after they began here in Fairbanks. Most of the 2,000 athletes that came here from circumpolar nations left that night, along with the 3,000-some staff, family, fans and others who came along for the show.

It was a stunning weeklong show of hundreds of competitive and cultural events that combined such games as hockey and basketball with traditional indigenous contests such as the high-kick and knuckle-hop.

Team Alaska’s athletes were the top medal-winners of the nine contingents that competed in the Games, winning190 medals total, 67 of which were gold. Team Yamal, from Russia, was second with 134 total, 55 gold; followed by Team Alberta North with 125 total, 42 gold.

Team Greenland won the Hodgson Trophy, which is awarded to the team that best demonstrates fair play and team spirit.


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Arctic Winter Games
2:14 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Team Alaska Earns Another Gold with Girls Junior Hockey Win Against Alberta North

Defense was key in Friday night's junior girls hockey championship game, such as this block by Team Alaska goalie Madi Davis.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

Today is the final day of the Arctic Winter Games, and Team Alaska remains at the top medal standings, followed by Team Yamal and Alberta North. Team Alaska brought its tally to 62 gold Friday night when its junior girls hockey team bested Alberta North, 1 to nothing.


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Arctic
3:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Despite Fatigue, Team Alaska Basketball, Hockey Squads Advance to Championship

Team Alaska's Dre Dave pulls down a rebound during a hard-fought game against Team Nunavut. Alaska pulled out the win, 79-76, and will go on to the gold-medal championship game Saturday against Team Northwest Territories.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

Today is Day 5 of the Arctic Winter Games, and the tempo and intensity of competition is at its peak. Overall, Team Alaska widened its lead over Team Yamal Thursday. As of this morning, the Alaskans had 124 total medals and 35 gold; compared with Yamal’s 88 total and 32 gold. Team Alberta North also has 32 golds, and 71 total.

More medals-round games are set for today and Saturday, the last day of competition. Team Alaska’s junior girls basketball and hockey teams will be among those going for the gold, along with the junior Alaska boys basketball squad. The teams earned their way into the championships Thursday.


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Arctic Winter Games
1:06 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Biathlon ‘Like Two Sports’ – Ski, Snowshoe Biathletes Challenged to Excel at Both

Team Alaska snowshoe junior biathletes Ryan Rieser, left, and Katie Daniels, prone, during Wednesday's practice at Birch Hill.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

Arctic Winter Games, Day 4: Today is the busiest days of competition so far, with action scheduled in 19 of 20 event categories. As the games accelerate towards completion Saturday, the competition for medals is intensifying. So far Team Alaska has the most with 89 followed by Team Yamal with 73 and Alberta North with 50. Athletes in some events had the day off yesterday to train for final competitions, including Team Alaska’s snowshoe and ski biathletes.


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Arctic Winter Games
3:54 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Games’ Indigenous Events Offer Both Slow-paced Fun, Fast-paced Excitement

Yukon and Nunavut junior girls volleyball teams go at it Tuesday in the Smith Middle School gym ...
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

Arctic Winter Games, Day 3: The pace picked up Tuesday, along with the level of competition, as the field of athletes still in the running for medals narrows. Events are in full swing again today, offering spectators slow-paced fun and fast-paced excitement.


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Arctic Winter Games
12:24 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

‘A Happening Place to Be’ Games’ Cultural Events Venues Attract Visitors, Vendors

Members of Team Nunavut's young women indoor soccer teams work out Sunday at the UAF Student Recreation Center.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

The competition is heating up on this, the second full day of the Arctic Winter Games. But the action is just getting started at the many venues around Fairbanks where other games-related activities are taking place – that are not related to contests of strength and endurance.


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Arctic Winter Games
1:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

‘Let the Games Begin!’ Gala Opening Ceremony Celebrates Diverse Cultures

Members of Team Greenland spill out onto the Carlson Center floor during Sunday's Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

The 2014 Arctic Winter Games officially got underway Sunday, with a gala opening ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd the Carlson Center. A full slate of competition -- and a weeklong array of cultural events -- begins today.


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Local News
1:46 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Teams Recover From Jet Lag, Prepare for Competition; Games Begin Today

Team Yukon's junior women's curling team practice Saturday at the Fairbanks Curling Club.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

Saturday was pretty much a down day for many of the 2,000 athletes who’ve come to Fairbanks from around the circumpolar north to compete in this year’s Arctic Winter Games. Team members and their coaches spent the day recovering from jet lag and preparing for competition, which begins today.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Fairbanks Airport Bustles With Athletes, Other Visitors Arriving for Arctic Winter Games

The Air Greenland Airbus A330 bringing Team Greenland and Team Sapmi touches down Friday at Fairbanks International Airport.
Credit Melissa Osborn/Fairbanks International Airport

Hundreds of athletes from around the circumpolar north began arriving Friday at Fairbanks International Airport for the Arctic Winter Games. KUAC’s Tim Ellis was there for the welcoming reception, and has this report.

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Local News
12:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Arctic Winter Games Committee Visits Fairbanks

Arctic Winter Games International Committee President Gerry Thick
Dan Bross

Representatives from circumpolar nations are in Fairbanks to preview venues and plan for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games. The last time the youth sporting event was held in Alaska, was in Kenai in 2006. The Games International Committee includes members from Alaska, Canadian provinces, Greenland, the Scandinavian Arctic and Russia, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports they like what they’re seeing in Fairbanks.