Yellowknife

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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.

Diane Marin

Yellowknife's Diane Marin (11)
in action during
the junior girls
bronze medal game
against team Yukon
Friday at the
Canada Games Center

Diane Marin is one versatile athlete.

The Yellowknife athlete from Ecole Sir John Franklin High School has competed in a slew of regional and national games including the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games, 2008 North American Indigenous games, 2009 Canada Summer Games and the 2008 and 2010 Arctic Winter Games. But her achievements are not all for the same sport.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Bantam Boys

The Northwest Territories bantam boys hockey team got off to a good start at the Arctic Winter Games Sunday in Whitehorse, defeating their Yukon rivals 7-4 in the first game of round-robin play.

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