Arctic Winter Games

Correction this story has been updated: Team NWT's junior male volleyball team won silver in 1998. 
 
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Inuvik's James Day
dives for the ball
during the NWT's
bronze medal game
against the Yukon.

The NWT's junior boys volleyball team has a chance to make history today.

If the team is able to defeat Alaska in the bronze medal game at noon it will be the first time an NWT boys volleyball team has medalled at the games since 1998.

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Medals rained for Team NWT’s biathletes and speed skaters again in Whitehorse.

Speed skater Isaac Wideman earned another gold medal, this time in the 666-metre speed skating race. Rachel Latour won a silver and Kirianne Ashley and James Thomas both won broze, bringing the team’s total to 24.

The snowshoe and ski biathletes are nipping at the skaters’ heels with 22.

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 Fort Simpson speed skaters
Kevin Anavilok-Roche
and Madison Pilling
pose with her medals. 

It's good to be a speed skater in the NWT and Fort Simpson skaters Madison Pilling and Kevin Anavilok-Roche know that first hand.

Speed skaters have accounted for 23 medals for Team NWT – eight gold, five silver and 10 bronze – and with four relays on Friday it is expected the team will add a few more.

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For Cullen McLeod, just being at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games is more than he expected.

The Inuvik speed skater originally made the team as an alternate – meaning he could only go if another athlete dropped out.

Prior to the games that is exactly what happened; his brother Connor dropped his spot on the team. Cullen said other media have reported Connor bowed out to give his spot to his little brother, but he said that wasn't the reason, although he didn't elaborate.

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Team Nunavut leaped over Team Greenland in the ulu count Wednesday thanks to its wrestlers, who alone brought in nine as the count surged from 10 to 21 in one day.

The gold count also doubled to four thanks to triple medalist Andrew Bell’s 10.95-metre triple jump and the junior boys’ hand games players.

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Anything can happen in speed skating, a reality that almost earned Nunavut’s Alexia Galloway-Alainga a bronze ulu in the 500-metre juvenile girls’ division Tuesday after the NWT’s Kristin Chapman lost her balance.

Almost, that is. Chapman recovered to steal the prize.

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Alinda Edda, 15, didn't let a trip to the hospital on Monday stop her from making her community proud this week. During the slope style event, the snowboarder took a bad spill and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

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Despite less than three months of curling experience, Rankin Inlet’s David Kakuktinniq Jr threw one of the sport’s toughest shots, a triple angle take out, which cleared the house in a 10-1 loss to Alaska Tuesday.

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The Northwest Territories' junior girls curling skip Janis O'Keefe leans over the pool table, eyeing angles and contemplating her next move. After a moment involving much giggling and clever digs from her teammates, her brow unfurrows itself and she gamely strikes the cue ball, grinning broadly.

She misses, spectacularly.

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At home in Aklavik, A.J. Charlie's family has a kennel with about 30 sled dogs, however, he was unable to bring a full team to Whitehorse which necessitated borrowing a few animals from a friend of the family.

Despite being unfamiliar with the loaner dogs, Charlie said his performance has improved this week compared to when he qualified for the Arctic Winter Games.

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