Inuvik

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Medals rained for Team NWT’s biathletes and speed skaters again in Whitehorse.

Speed skater Isaac Wideman earned another gold medal, this time in the 666-metre speed skating race. Rachel Latour won a silver and Kirianne Ashley and James Thomas both won broze, bringing the team’s total to 24.

The snowshoe and ski biathletes are nipping at the skaters’ heels with 22.

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For Cullen McLeod, just being at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games is more than he expected.

The Inuvik speed skater originally made the team as an alternate – meaning he could only go if another athlete dropped out.

Prior to the games that is exactly what happened; his brother Connor dropped his spot on the team. Cullen said other media have reported Connor bowed out to give his spot to his little brother, but he said that wasn't the reason, although he didn't elaborate.

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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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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.

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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.

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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 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 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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