Nunavut, Nunavik win 88 medals at Arctic Winter Games

Closing ceremonies Saturday cap off weeklong competition in Wood Buffalo, Alta.

Athletes and volunteers gather at the closing ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. on Saturday. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

By Madalyn Howitt

Updated Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2:45 p.m.

The 2023 Arctic Winter Games have ended with Nunavut bringing home 52 medals and Nunavik 36 medals.

A historic win for Nunavut’s under-18 male hockey team Friday night capped off the weeklong competition in Wood Buffalo, Alta., which saw athletes from across circumpolar regions come together to compete in events ranging from traditional Arctic sports to volleyball and snowboarding.

Team Nunavut’s hockey team won gold against Alaska in a high-energy game Friday at Centrefire Place, finishing 4-1. Kadin Eetuk, Micah Emiktowt, Gregory Wiseman and Prime Paniyuk scored for Nunavut. It was the first time the territory’s under-18 male team has won gold at the Games.

Iqaluit deputy Mayor Kyle Sheppard was at the game and tweeted that arena staff said the cheers for Team Nunavut from the crowd were the loudest they’d ever heard there.

Nunavut also had strong showings in short-track speed skating and badminton, winning several medals in each sport.

Team Nunavik excelled in Dene games, winning six gold medals, and finished the week with multiple medals in snowshoeing and table tennis.

At the closing ceremonies Saturday, badminton player Davidee Kudluarok, of Sanikiluaq, carried the flag for Team Nunavut while snowshoer Elisapee Adams, of Kangiqsujuaq, carried the flag for Team Nunavik.

Badminton player Davidee Kudluarok (left) carries the flag for Team Nunavut at the closing ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. on Saturday, while snowshoer Elisapee Adams (right) carries the flag for Team Nunavik. (Photos by Madalyn Howitt)

The final results for all competitions will be posted on the Arctic Winter Games website, which was still being updated throughout the weekend. Here’s where Nunavut and Nunavik stand as of Sunday in the medal count:

Nunavik

  • 6 gold in Dene games;
  • 11 silver in Dene games;
  • 4 silver in snowshoeing;
  • 5 silver in table tennis;
  • 1 silver in Arctic sports;
  • 4 bronze in Dene games;
  • 1 bronze in snowshoeing;
  • 1 bronze in Arctic sports; and
  • 3 bronze in table tennis.

Nunavut

  • 1 gold in Dene Games;
  • 4 gold in short-track speed skating;
  • 3 gold in wrestling;
  • 3 gold in badminton;
  • 1 gold in hockey;
  • 4 silver in table tennis;
  • 3 silver in wrestling;
  • 3 silver in Dene games;
  • 2 silver in Arctic Sports;
  • 2 silver in short-track speed skating;
  • 1 silver in badminton;
  • 1 silver in mixed doubles curling;
  • 4 bronze in Dene games;
  • 5 bronze in short-track speed skating;
  • 8 bronze in table tennis;
  • 3 bronze in wrestling;
  • 3 bronze in badminton; and
  • 1 bronze in hockey.

The final ranking of competing regions in medals:

  1. Yukon, 166
  2. Alaska, 145
  3. Alberta North, 139
  4. Northwest Territories, 104
  5. Greenland, 83
  6. Nunavut, 51
  7. Nunavik, 36
  8. Sápmi, 26

To read more about Nunavut and Nunavik at the Games, check out our coverage of curling, Arctic Sports and Dene Games, volleyball, futsal, snowshoeing, table tennis and speed skating. Nunavut also competed in basketball and badminton.

Note: This story was updated to include the names of the scorers in Nunavut’s under-18 gold medal hockey victory and Nunavut’s silver medal in mixed doubles curling.

 

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