Arctic Winter Games

A summer of sports

Some activities and events will look different this year, but Yukoners can still get their sport on.

Volunteers essential to success of 2020 Arctic Winter Games

With just over 100 days to go until the 2020 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) kick off in Whitehorse on March 15, the drive for volunteers is in full swing. The 2020 AWG host society will celebrate the 100-day milestone in conjunction with International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5, hosting an event that focuses on the …

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Dach'aw's ticket on Air North

Däch’äw’s debut

Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) was cancelled due to COVID, but the mascot Däch’äw’s landed well with Air North.

Team Yukon Arctic Winter Games PomPoms

Yukon Pomp

There’s a furry addition to Team Yukon’s uniforms as they march into the opening ceremony of the Arctic Winter Games in the Northwest Territories on March 18. Athletes will sport fur pom-poms made from wolf pelts harvested in the Haines Junction area and sewn onto their hats by members of the community.

Hoooo is that?

The Arctic Winter Games are fast approaching and Kechi (pronounced Kee-Chee), the snowy owl, is helping to spread the spirit of the games.

It Takes Two

Biathlon is an Olympic Sport that combines two incredibly different competitive activities. Which two incredibly different activities you ask? Biathlon is a combination of a cross country ski race and small-bore rifle marksmanship. In Europe, biathlon is highly regarded with more than 30,000 fans showing up to races. You can consider it the winter version …

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The Many Faces of Claire Ness

I’m in the ‘98 drinking water (sober January) and waiting for Claire Ness to arrive. “London Calling” by The Clash is playing, which, for some reason, doesn’t feel out of place here. Once Claire arrives, the first topic we land on is her upcoming adventure with her Frenchman: they are looking for the sweet chassis …

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The Art of Winning and Losing

A pack of roughly 260 teens and tweens are in Alaska this week last to compete in the  Fairbanks 2014 Arctic Winter Games. The 10-year-olds right up to the 19-year-olds, will have been managing their adrenaline all week, bolstering their courage and drive to compete against youth from around the northern tip of the globe …

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Shoes To Take You Anywhere

As a child, I learned the importance of spending time outside. My father taught me that fresh air was a mandatory part of everyday life, through a wide variety of outdoor activities. On weekends, he would drag me out of bed early in the morning, regardless of season, and take me into the vast wilderness …

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Play Makers: Raising an Olympian

Standing in front of the large crowd of Yukoners that had gathered earlier this month at Sport Yukon for an Olympic pep rally, Greig Bell made no effort to contain his excitement. Microphone in hand and donning a black and silver long sleeved shirt with “Yukon” splashed across the front, the long time Yukoner paced …

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The Best Job in the World

Trevor Twardocleb’s eyes light up when he recounts his own first experience at the Arctic Winter Games. It was 1980 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Twardeochleb, then a young hockey player from Faro, had managed to crack the lineup for Team Yukon. “We won the gold medal,” beams Twardochleb. “For a kid from Faro, just going to …

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Week of a Lifetime

You’ve just stepped off the plane in Whitehorse from your home in the Circumpolar North. You’re excited and proud to represent your region at the Arctic Winter Games (maybe a bit nervous as well), and you’re looking forward to everything the week has to offer. Once you’ve had a chance to strut your stuff at …

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Try These at Home

Can’t afford to fly to London for the Olympics this summer? Not to worry, a world-class level of sporting competition is arriving on our doorstep this week. The Arctic Winter Games (AWG) will play host to several events that are not commonly seen in these parts – the Dene Games and Arctic Sports. Unlike most …

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Do You Speak AWG?

The Beatles forever changed our musical landscape with the simple phrase, “You say goodbye, I say hello”. This week, hundreds of visitors from across the Circumpolar North will descend upon Whitehorse for the Arctic Winter Games. Although the official language of the games is English, for many participants this is not their first language – …

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The Little Blue Blur

Have you ever watched downhill skiing on television and caught the flash of a blue jacket running out of frame as the racer gracefully (or recklessly, depending on your take) carves down the slope? If so, you’ve probably caught a rare glimpse of the elusive course crew. The course crew member is a hardy species, …

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