Winter Ross with two
bronze and a silver
she won for figure

Team NWT came up seven medals short of its goal of finishing second at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, claiming 116 ulus. However, territorial athletes had more podium performances since 2006, and won five more medals than when the team finished second in 2008 as the host contingent.

"It's always a real dog fight between us and the Yukon," said Bill Othmer, assistant chef de mission with Team NWT. "We're always trying to push to get second overall."

This year Team NWT earned 32 gold ulus, its second-highest gold rush since the 2008 games in Yellowknife when it won 34 golds.

Much of the team's success can be credited to the efforts of NWT biathletes and speedskaters. The two teams combined for 62 medals – 20 gold, 15 silver and 27 bronze.


After a week of tough competition, Team NWT finished third overall in the medal standings with 115 uluit, behind Team Yukon with 121 and Team Alaska with 190.

There were only two NWT teams in action on the last day of competition, the midget and bantam boys’ hockey teams.


Janelle Bruneau of Fort Simpson won the NWT its only medal in snowshoeing and missed a second due to a technical error.

Placing third in the five-kilometre cross country race, Bruneau said she was happy with the result considering this was her first time competing at the Arctic Winter Games.

Correction this story has been updated: Team NWT's junior male volleyball team won silver in 1998. 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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