AWG 2016

Snowshoers sing, records tied during day 3 of Arctic Winter Games

A pair of Nunavik snowshoers with a traditional warm-up caught the eye of onlookers during Tuesday's Arctic Winter Games competitions, capping a day that saw highlight-reel finishes and multiple Games records tied.

Two Arctic Sport records tied as competition hits halfway point

A pair of snowshoers from Nunavik caught the eye of a small crowd in Nuuk with a traditional warm up: Inuit throat singing. (CBC)

A pair of Nunavik snowshoers with a traditional warm-up caught the eye of onlookers during Tuesday's Arctic Winter Games competitions, capping a day that saw highlight-reel finishes and multiple Games records tied.

The two athletes, competing in the junior girls' division, chose to do a bit of Inuit throat singing as part of their warm up, delighting a crowd of curious onlookers.

The snowshoe competition at Ravnedalen Park also produced the best race of the day — an incredible photo-finish between Yukon's Breda McIntyre and Kea Furniss of the Northwest Territories in the juvenile female division. McIntyre wound up taking the gold ulu by less than a second.

Team N.W.T.'s Kea Furniss (left) and Yukon's Breda McIntyre stretch for the finish line during the juvenile female 2.5 km race at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. McIntyre managed to cross the line less than a second ahead of Furniss, winning the gold ulu. (Team NWT)

Arctic Winter Games records tied in high kick, one hand reach

At Nuussuup Gym, it seemed as if no record was safe, as both the junior female two foot high kick and the open male one hand reach saw performances that rivaled the best ever seen at the Games.

In the two foot high kick, Alaska's Madi Ko tied a Games record of 6 feet, 2 inches, which was previously set in 2010. Earlier in the day, two competitors — Yukon's Matt Jacobson and Nunavut's Drew Bell — added their names to a list of three competitors who have reached a Games best: 5 feet, 6 inches. The record was last tied by Alaska's Casey Ferguson, in Fairbanks.

A competitor flies during the two foot high kick competition at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. The objective of the competition is to jump off two feet, kick the target, and land back on your feet. The open men's Arctic Winter Games record is 8 feet, 8 inches, set in 1988. (AWG 2016)

Family affair

Tuesday saw the start of wrestling competitions at the Games, and for two competitors from Nunavut, it's a family affair. Tanya and Tommy Tugak, from Rankin Inlet, both played a part in Team Nunavut's bronze-winning performance in the team mix competition — Tommy also pulls double duty as one of the team's coaches.

The siblings spoke with CBC during a break in the competition.


Hockey starts late due to blizzard

A blizzard that shut down most of Iqaluit meant that the hockey competition got underway later than expected, but spirits were high as games began Tuesday evening. Team Alaska's bantam male squad even got the "tunnel treatment," with the girls' team providing the means for a special entrance into the arena for their game against the N.W.T. The boys would win the game, 3-1

Team Alaska gets the tunnel entrance at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games hockey competition in Iqaluit. The bantam boys team would defeat the N.W.T. 3-1, remaining undefeated in the competition. (Ron Wassink/AWG 2016)

International Women's Day celebrated in Greenland

Tuesday was the third day of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games, but it was also a celebration of a different sort: International Women's Day. Claudiane Samson, a reporter with Radio-Canada, spoke to some of the locals in Nuuk, asking them what it means to be a woman in Greenland. 

Wednesday will see the end of preliminary round competitions for most team sports at the Games, as well as the Dene hand games competition. You can follow all the action along with our CBC reporters in our Games live blog.


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