Arctic Winter Games

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For Inuvik wrestler Tristan Peter, the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse is a bit of a homecoming.

Although born and raised in the NWT, Peter lived in the Yukon capital for a year before moving back to Inuvik. Returning to Whitehorse was a big motivator for him to tryout for the 2012 wrestling team.

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Oliver Hodgins is a big kid, which can make hauling his broad shoulders around a cross-country ski course a bit of a challenge, even when that course is relatively flat.

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Aiming for personal bests instead of gold, Nunavut’s four-member gymnastics team from Rankin Inlet has come a long way since the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, coach Lisa Kresky said after the team competition Tuesday.

“Even other coaches have noticed it,” Kresky said.

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Team NWT earned 13 more medals on Tuesday to keep a solid hold on third place – with 11 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze uluit – and stayed within two of second-place Yukon, and first-place Alaska. Yamal came up in fourth place with 29 medals.

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They’re beginning to make a habit of it.

The NWT speed skating and biathlon teams pulled in more medals at the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse on Tuesday, bringing their total tally to 24 ulus.

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Nunavut was seventh of nine teams after three days of competition at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse. The territory’s current ulu count includes two golds, three silver and five bronze.

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At six foot two and just shy of 200 pounds, Laurent Isaiah is an imposing force under the hoop, but the well-mannered, soft-spoken Fort Simpson athlete sees the Arctic Winter Games as a chance to connect socially with those he might be boxing out on the court.

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It only took one game for Paulou Ittungna to begin feeling the soreness that is a telltale sign he is losing his voice. But if the 18-year-old volleyball player isn't left speechless after this week in Whitehorse he might not have been doing his job at the Arctic Winter Games.

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It takes a special kind of athlete to win gold medals, or in this case, gold ulus. It takes an incredible kind of team to win four in one day.

Speed skating is usually considered an individual sport, but the NWT skating team doesn’t see it that way.

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It was a banner day for Hay River’s Crook family at the Grey Mountain biathlon venue for the Arctic Winter Games.

Brothers Clell and Kjel and sister Michaela each took home silver ulu medals in the morning’s snowshoe biathlon individual event, along with Fort McPherson racer Destiny Robert.

The biathletes kicked off what became a fast-growing litany of medals for Team NWT.

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