Spring 2016 – Arctic Winter Games 2016

From The Resource Basket Blog:
240 Alaskan Youth Compete in Nuuk, Greenland for Arctic Winter Games 2016

By Amy Modig

The 2016 Arctic Winter Games are being called the biggest event in Greenland’s history! This year the competition was held in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, on March 6-11, 2016. The capital has 17,000 people and has grown by over 2,000 more with athletes and visitors. The athletes were from Greenland, Canada, Northwest Territories, Yukon, United States, and SAPMI (which is Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway). Hundreds of volunteers in Nuuk worked tirelessly to host the best games possible.

Team Alaska at the Arctic Winter Games. Photos by Matt Crockett courtesy of Team Alaska

Team Alaska at the Arctic Winter Games. Photos by Matt Crockett courtesy of Team Alaska

“Preparing for AWG2016 has put us on a long voyage. It is hard to believe we are finally here. We’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time. We wish all our guests the warmest of welcomes. This is the second time Nuuk has the honor of hosting the Arctic Winter Games. The last time was in 2002, when we co-hosted the Games with Iqaluit. Being able to do so was a great experience – even if it was hard work.” -Maliina Abelsen, General Manager, 2016 ArcticWinter Games

Snowshoe biathalon by Matt Crockett courtesy of Team Alaska

Snowshoe biathalon by Matt Crockett courtesy of Team Alaska

About 240 athletes traveled from Alaska, the only US state represented. They came from around the state, and excelled in performance and sportsmanship! The rural communities are Dillingham, Ester, Gakona, Galena, Girdwood, Gustavus, Healy, Homer, Indian, Kenai, Kipnuk, Kodiak, Kwigillingok, McGrath, Newtok, Ninilchik, Sitka, Soldotna, Tyonek and Unalakleet. The urban areas are ably represented by Juneau/Douglas, Palmer/Wasilla, Fairbanks/North Pole and Anchorage/Chugiak/Eagle River.

Some of the games took place indoors but most are done outdoors. The games this year included Arctic sports (such as Native Youth Olympics games), basketball, biathlon-ski, cross country skiing, Dene Games, Futsal (soccer), hockey, snowboard, snowshoe, table tennis, volleyball and wrestling.

Greenland has a population of almost 60,000 and their largest city is Nuuk. About 80% is covered by icecaps and glaciers. Scientists say the ice is about half a million years old. Nuuk is at the 64 N. Latitude which is the same as Nome, Alaska. The people speak Greenlandic, Danish and English. Congratulations to Team Alaska! Alaska won a total of 216 medals. Second place went to Yukon, who brought home 100 medals. A well-deserved third place went to Alberta North with 88 medals.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to congratulate all of our athletes and cultural performers. You did an outstanding job, both on and off the playing field. I also would like to thank the coaches and mission staff for the countless hours of preparation. And last but not least, Shawn and Kati, your attention to detail and communication made all the difference. As I wrap up my four years as President I want to say thank you to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Legislature and the Board of Directors for their support. We have come a long way and it would not have been possible without everyone working together.” – Timothy Dillon, President, Team Alaska.

Final Results 3-11-16For more information, individual results and photos from the Arctic Winter Games, visit:


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