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  • Arctic Winter Games

    Throat singers come together at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 13, 11:45

    Throat singing is a dying art form in the Arctic. During the Arctic Winter Games, however, Hans-Henrik Poulsen from Greenland and Naomi Sala from Nunavik, Canada found themselves performing together in Nuuk. “Language is not something you will worry about in music,” Poulsen said. “Because music unites us.” It’s traditionally done by Canadian Inuktitut women—a […]

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    Arctic Winter Games athletes return home to ecstatic crowd

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 12, 21:45

    When the first athlete emerged from the doors leading from customs into the north terminal of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the crowd burst into applause. More than 100 family members and friends had been anxiously waiting for Team Alaska to return from the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. Gov. Bill Walker was among […]

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    Inuit knuckle hop a true test of endurance for athletes

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 11, 21:21

    When it comes to the Inuit sports at the Arctic Winter Games, 24-year old Kyle Worl is consistently in the top five. He placed third in the kneel jump, came in fourth at the two foot high kick, one hand reach and airplane. The final event of the games — the knuckle hop — is […]

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    Alaska ladies dominate wrestling at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 11, 10:07

    ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce.’ That Shakespeare quote perfectly embodies 15-year-old Kaley Fowlkes. The North Pole sophomore has been wrestling for five years and usually takes on the boys. “Being able to say that you’re a wrestler, I think it really means something, especially being a female,” said Fowlkes. “I think people […]

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    Wrestlers take on new style at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 10, 21:08

    Inuit wrestling is a style most athletes on Team Alaska have never tried. The only tournament where you’ll find it is the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. “It’s something the Native people did in their igloos when it was cold and nasty outside,” explained wrestling coach David Lorring. “They’d have competitions and lock up […]

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    Head-on competition at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 10, 10:25

    For Nick Hanson, some games are a fight to the finish. Others, are just for fun. “Eeeeyyyyaaa!” he screamed during head pull, an Arctic sports event at the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. It’s only his second time ever doing the head pull in competition. The 28-year-old from Unalakleet is known for being a […]

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    Pin trading brings athletes together at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 09, 15:47

    It’s a competition almost as big as the sporting events at the Arctic Winter Games—who can collect the most pins. “This is Greenland’s set last games, this is Greenland’s set this games,” Fairbanks athlete Brandon Vanlandingham pointed out. He has too many pins to put on a lanyard, so he stores them on a bright […]

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    Sportsmanship showcased at AWG stick pull

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 08, 21:32

    At the Dene Games stick pull, 15-year-old Misty May Willmarth was Team Alaska’s biggest cheerleader. “Let’s go, Alaska, let’s go!” she lead the rest of the team in a chant. “Everyone is really into it. Everyone gets really intense and really loud,” Wilmarth said. “The biggest award you can get is sportsmanship, so we try […]

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    PHOTOS: Sights from Nuuk, Greenland, host of 2016 Arctic Winter Games

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 08, 20:12

    KTVA’s Heather Hintze is in Nuuk, Greenland for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. She’s capturing the sights, sounds and smells of a place that doesn’t seem so different from home. [View all the stories from this year's games] Follow our coverage on Twitter by following: @HeatherHintze and @KTVA.

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    Arctic Winter Games are a family affair for Newtok brothers

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 08, 14:11

    When it comes to the kneel jump, 17-year-old Isaiah Charles is one of Alaska’s top athletes. It’s a skill he learned from his father, who coaches him back home. “He’s been helping me improve from the first time I started,” Isaiah said. Being at the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland is his first time […]

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    Anchorage biathlon athletes take advantage of training day

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 08, 6:32

    Monday was supposed to be the first day of competition for Arctic Winter Games athletes. But for many, it ended up being a training day since the weekend’s storm delayed their arrival into Nuuk, Greenland. Biathlon athletes were eager to unpack their skis and snowshoes and hit the course. “Today’s the day for us to […]

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    Futsal first up at Arctic Winter Games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 07, 20:28

    Monday morning meant day one of competition at the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. Futsal athletes had to wake up bright and early for the first game at 7:30 a.m. Team Alaska has five teams competing. For many of the athletes it’s their first time playing together with their team. “Team chemistry really affects how […]

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    Opening ceremony kicks-off Arctic Winter Games in Greenland

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 06, 20:08

    The 2016 Arctic Winter Games officially got underway in Nuuk, Greenland with the opening ceremonies Sunday night. Director of Culture, Ruth Montgomery-Andersen said her goal was to use music to connect the communities from the Arctic. Drumming and singing have been a part of indigenous cultures for thousands of years. The ceremony showcased the traditional […]

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    UPDATE: Alaska team arrives at Arctic Winter Games after ‘massive’ blizzard

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 05, 9:33

    Last updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 6 ANCHORAGE — A blizzard prevented at least five teams participating in the 2016 Arctic Winter Games from reaching Nuuk, Greenland, Saturday, but changing weather conditions allowed the teams to fly in safely ahead of the opening ceremonies Sunday night. Team Alaska was temporarily stuck in  Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, […]

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    Knuckle hop is one of the most brutal Inuit games

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 21, 23:25

    FAIRBANKS – It’s the most painful and physically taxing sport of the Inuit games: The knuckle hop. “The first 10 feet or so, you forget you’re on your knuckles. They go completely numb,” explained Nick Hanson, a member of Team Alaska from Unalakleet. “The pain from doing the hops on your knuckles goes away and […]

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    Tradition and technology merge at the Arctic Winter Games

    by Hope Miller on Mar 21, 15:29

    By Hope Miller. Posted Friday, March 21, 2014.  ANCHORAGE - Bringing people together is a cornerstone of the Arctic Winter Games, and a social media storm surrounding the week-long event is furthering that goal. Including Alaska, nine contingents across the circumpolar north are gathered in Fairbanks, competing in events that range from ancestral traditions to sports […]

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    Photo Gallery: Arctic Winter Games Cultural Gala

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 12:59

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    Photo Gallery: Arctic Winter Games Skiing

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 11:07

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    Photo Gallery: Arctic Winter Games Figure Skating

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 10:25

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    Photo Gallery: Arctic Winter Games Snowboarding

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 10:01