Young Fangs Band Rocks Carlson Center

DSC_3305I was fortunate to be “in-the-house” photographing the 2014 Arctic Winter Games Closing Ceremony. The Young Fangs Band, based in Fairbanks, AK took down the house and gave athletes from across the circumpolar region a proper send off from “The Golden Heart City.”  To view more images of this, and other, Live Performances click here.  You can also learn more about Young Fangs Band and their music on the web at www.youngfangs.com

2014 AWG Cultural Gala

DSC_2980Cultural participants from Greenland, Northwest Territories, Sapmi, Yamal, Nunavut, Alberta North, Yukon, Nunavik-Quebec and Alaska “brought down the house” at Hering Auditorium, in Lathrop High School (map) with a diverse and eclectic display of talent from across the circumpolar region.  The artistry, choreography and musicianship was exceptional and was enjoyed by all.

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2014 AWG Snowshoe Competition

DSC_2674Snowshoeing competition at the Arctic Winter Games consisted of fourteen different events over a variety of distances including short distance, cross country and relay formats.  Juvenile and Junior athletes in both male and female divisions vied for a total of 20 gold ulus over a total of three days of competition.  Teams participating in snowshoeing events held at the Birch Hill Recreation Center included; Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories, Yamal/Russia and Nunavik/Quebec.

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2014 AWG Ice Hockey

DSC_1222During the 2014 Games Ice hockey competition was held in junior women’s, midget and bantam boys age classes. Teams from Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut participated in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu was awarded in each age/gender class. Ice hockey matches were held at the Big Dipper Ice Arena and the UAF Patty Center Ice Arenas.

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2014 AWG Alpine Ski Competition

DSC_2079Photos from the Alpine Skiing Kombi competition held at the Mt. Aurora Skiland Resort located approximately 10 miles outside Fairbanks, AK and home of the farthest north chairlift in North America!  Competition included male and female athletes in the Juvenile and Junior divisions from Alaska, Alberta North, Greenland, and Yukon.

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2014 AWG Cross Country Ski Competition

DSC_0989Beginning on Monday 3/17 Biathlon skiing competition began at the Birch Hill Recreation Area located just outside downtown Fairbanks.  Competition included; 7.5 Km & 10 Km mass start; 5Km interval start; 600 & 750 sprint; and 3 x 3 Km relay events in the Juvenile, Junior and Midget divisions. Athletes from Alaska, Alberta North, Greenland, Northwest Territories,Nunavik-Quebec, Sapmi, Yamal and Yukon tested their abilities over four days of competition.

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2014 AWG Arctic Air Snowboard Competition

DSC_1780On Thursday March 20, the 2014 Arctic Winter Games snowboarding competition was concluded at the Hulbert Nanook Terrain Park located on the campus of the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (UAF).  Under an early spring, crystal clear blue, sky athletes from Alberta North, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Greenland demonstrated their athletic and gymnastic abilities and wowed the crowd with their aerial skills.

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2014 AWG Short Track Speed Skating Competition

DSC_0713Beginning on Monday March 17 and continuing through Friday March 21 both male and female athletes from Alaska, Alberta North, Northwest Territories,Nunavut, and the Yukon participated in the short track speed skating competition held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.  Over one hundred thirty 2000m and 3000m races in the juvenile and junior divisions were run over the span or four days racing.

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2014 AWG Biathlon Ski Competition

DSC_2436Biathlon skiing competition was held at the Birch Hill Recreation Area located just outside downtown Fairbanks.  Competition was spirited.  Athletes from Alaska, Alberta North, Northwest Territories,Yamal and Yukon tested themselves and their teams in 3 x 3.0 Km and 3 x 4.5 Km relays in the Juvenile and Junior classes.

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2014 AWG Native Game Competition

DSC_0467Native games (Arctic Sport and Dene Games) are an integral part, and unique feature of the Arctic Winter Games.  These events are representative of centuries-old traditions and activities of the Inuit and Interior Native (Dene) cultures that are located throughout the north.  Dene Games consist of five contests including events such as: the finger pull, pole push, stick pull, snow snake and hand games.  Each represent either a test of strength or strategy.  Arctic Sports, officially introduced to the Games in 1974 consist of eleven events including; the one-foot, two-foot, and Alaska high kicks; the arm pull, kneel jump, one-hand reach, airplane, head pull, knuckle hop, sledge jump and triple jump.  Each of these sports have their roots in skills required for success in  hunting and/or fishing activities and each involve some combination of strength, technique, and conditioning.

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