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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.


 Fort Simpson speed skaters
Kevin Anavilok-Roche
and Madison Pilling
pose with her medals. 

It's good to be a speed skater in the NWT and Fort Simpson skaters Madison Pilling and Kevin Anavilok-Roche know that first hand.

Speed skaters have accounted for 23 medals for Team NWT – eight gold, five silver and 10 bronze – and with four relays on Friday it is expected the team will add a few more.


Alinda Edda, 15, didn't let a trip to the hospital on Monday stop her from making her community proud this week. During the slope style event, the snowboarder took a bad spill and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dwight Norwegian is ecstatic to be competing in his first Arctic Winter Games.

His excitement was evident on Monday afternoon as he mingled with teammates while warming up for the snow snake competition.


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.

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