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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.