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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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It might be one of the loneliest roads in Canada but, luckily for Kim and Dave Halpine, the Dempster Highway was seeing a spike in traffic this March.

The Inuvik residents, set to compete in Arctic sports at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, were two of several Team NWT members coming out of the Beaufort Delta who decided to use the 2012 Arctic Winter Games as an excuse to travel the iconic Northern highway to Whitehorse.

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Biathlon and speed skating athletes led Team NWT to third place in the medals after the first full day of competition on Monday.

Although tied with Yukon for second with 21 ulus – six gold, seven silver and eight bronze – Yukon's six-gold, nine-silver and six-bronze-medal day put them into second spot behind Alaska which finished first with 26 ulus.

Jane Charlie

Jane Charlie Sr. has
12 family members 
participating in
the AWG
in Whitehorse.

When the Arctic Winter Games kick off this week, Jane Charlie Sr. will have 12 reasons to be proud.

That's because the Fort McPherson elder has one son, four daughters, three granddaughters, three grandsons and one great granddaughter participating in the games.

"That's the way we raised them," said 81-year-old Charlie. "I'm proud, of course."

Although her husband, former chief Johnny D. Charlie, died years ago, she said it's his legacy that is being carried on through her children.

"We both never went to school that much. I think we went to school about two or three years, so because of that we told them to go to school and try really hard and we made sure they all graduated," she said.

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