Arctic Winter Games

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Arctic Winter Games
Arctic Winter Games Logo.jpg
Arctic Winter Games Logo
First event1970 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Occur every2 years
Last event2018 Arctic Winter Games held in Hay River/Fort Smith
PurposeSports for the Arctic
PresidentJohn Flynn[1]
WebsiteArcticWinterGames.org
An athlete performing a two-foot high kick at the 2008 Arctic Winter Games

The Arctic Winter Games is a biennial multi-sport and indigenous cultural event involving circumpolar peoples residing in communities or countries bordering the Arctic Ocean.

Background[edit]

The Arctic Winter Games were founded in 1969 under the leadership of Governor Walter J. Hickel of Alaska, Stuart M. Hodgson, Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, and Yukon Commissioner James Smith. The idea to "provide a forum where athletes from the circumpolar North could compete on their own terms, on their own turf" came from Cal Miller, an advisor with the Yukon team at the 1967 Canada Winter Games.

In 1970 in Yellowknife, Canada, 500 athletes, trainers and officials came together for the first Arctic Winter Games. The participants came from the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska. Since then, the Games have been held on fifteen occasions in different places and with ever more participants from more and more places within the Arctic region. The games in 2002 were the first jointly hosted Arctic Winter Games, by Nuuk, Greenland and Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Contingents[edit]

Since 2004 the same nine contingents have participated in the Arctic Winter Games. Another four contingents have taken part in the games throughout the games' history: Russia, Magadan, Tyumen and Chukotka. In the table below is an overview of each contingent's appearances throughout the games.[2][3][4] Prior to the 2000 Arctic Winter Games Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories. After division in 1999, Nunavut competed as separate contingent.

Contingent Year
70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 00 02 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 23
Alaska X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Northwest Territories X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Yukon X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Nunavik X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Alberta North X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Greenland X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Russia X
Magadan X X X X X X
Tyumen X X X
Chukotka X X
Nunavut X X X X X X X X X X X
Sápmi X X X X X X X X X
Yamal X X X X X X X X

Host cities[edit]

Host cities have been in Canada, the United States, and Greenland.[5]

Year Host City Country
1970 Yellowknife Canada
1972 Whitehorse
1974 Anchorage United States
1976 Schefferville Canada
1978 Hay River/Pine Point
1980 Whitehorse
1982 Fairbanks United States
1984 Yellowknife Canada
1986 Whitehorse
1988 Fairbanks United States
1990 Yellowknife Canada
1992 Whitehorse
1994 Slave Lake
1996 Chugiak/Eagle River United States
1998 Yellowknife Canada
2000 Whitehorse
2002 Nuuk Greenland
Iqaluit Canada
2004 Wood Buffalo
2006 Kenai Peninsula Borough United States
2008 Yellowknife Canada
2010 Grande Prairie
2012 Whitehorse
2014 Fairbanks United States
2016 Nuuk Greenland
2018 Hay River/Fort Smith Canada
2020 Whitehorse (cancelled)
2023 Wood Buffalo[6][7]
2024 Matanuska-Susitna Borough[8] United States
2026 Yamal-Nenets Russia
2028 Northwest Territories Canada
2030 Nunavut
2032 Yukon

Hodgson Trophy[edit]

The Hodgson trophy for fair play and team spirit is awarded at the end of every games. The trophy is named for Stuart Milton Hodgson, former Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.[9]

The past winners of the trophy are:[9]

Winner Year
Alaska 1978
Yukon 1980–1988
Alaska 1990
Northwest Territories 1992
Greenland 1994
Northwest Territories 1996
Yukon 1998
Nunavut 2000
Greenland 2002
Nunavut 2004
Alaska 2006
Nunavut 2008
Alaska 2010
Nunavut 2012
Greenland 2014
Alaska 2016–2018

Arctic Winter Games International Committee[edit]

Sports disciplines[edit]

A total of 29 sports have been represented at the Arctic Winter Games. Arctic Sports, badminton, cross country skiing, ice hockey and volleyball are the only sports to be featured in all editions of the Arctic Winter Games.[10]

The table below shows the sports and the years in which they have been a part of the Arctic Winter Games programme.

Sport Year
70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 00 02 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 23
Alpine skiing X X X X X X X 13 13 13 13 P
Archery X P
Arctic sports d d X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 35 35 35 35 35 35 P
Badminton X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 10 10 10 10 10 10 P
Basketball X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 2 2 2 2 2 2 P
Biathlon X X X X X X X X X X X 14 14 14 14 14 14 P
Boxing X X
Broomball X
Cross-country skiing X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24 24 24 24 24 24 P
Curling X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 2 2 2 3 2 P
Dene games X X X X X X X X X 24 24 24 24 24 24 P
Dog mushing X X X X X X X X X 6 6 6 6 6
Figure skating X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13 13 13 13 13 P
Freestyle skiing 8
Futsal 5 5 P
Gymnastics X X X X X X X X X X X X X 6 6 6 6 6 P
Ice hockey X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 3 3 3 3 2 3 P
Indoor soccer X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 5 5 5 5
Judo X X X X X X
Shooting X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Short track speed skating X X X X X X X X X X 20 20 20 20 20 P
Snowboarding X X X X 20 20 20 20 16 20 P
Snowshoe biathlon X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14 14 14 14 14 14 P
Snowshoeing X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14 14 14 14 14 14 P
Swimming d
Table tennis X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14 14 12 12 12 12 P
Volleyball X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 2 2 2 2 2 2 P
Winter triathlon X X X X
Wrestling X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 25 25 25 25 26 25 P
X = The sport was featured in this Arctic Winter Games.
12 = The sport was featured in this Arctic Winter Games. The number indicates the amount of medal-giving events in that sport.
d = Demonstration sport with no medal-giving events.
P = The sport is planned to be a part of an upcoming edition of the Arctic Winter Games.
= The sport did not feature in this edition of the Arctic Winter Games.

Arctic Winter Games alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arctic Winter Games Internationa".
  2. ^ Arctic Winter Games International Committee (2006). "Medal standings". Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  3. ^ "ULU News Gallery". Arcticwintergames.org. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  4. ^ "About the Arctic Winter Games". Arcticwintergames.org. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  5. ^ Past Games
  6. ^ "2022 Arctic Winter Games". Archived from the original on 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  7. ^ Time to Shine
  8. ^ Arctic Winter Games 2024 to be hosted in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska
  9. ^ a b "The Hodgson Trophy", ArcticWinterGames.org.
  10. ^ "ULU News Gallery". Arcticwintergames.org. Retrieved 20 August 2021.

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