Team Yukon tops 37 medals on fourth day of Arctic Winter Games
As the Arctic Winter Games entered Day 4, Team Yukon continued their impressive run in the competition, winning medals and giving opponents a fight for the money in almost every game they competed in on January 31st.
On the afternoon of February 1st, Team Yukon was in first place with 37 medals – 12 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze.
Team Alberta North tied for second place with Alaska with 30 medals each.
Team Yukon biathlon athletes – on both snowshoes and skis – continued their medal hunt. On the snowshoes, Alex Brown and Stella Mueller won gold, Chase O’Brien and Johna Irving-Staley won silver, while Claire Macmillan and Logan Tirschmann took bronze.
The ski team’s Nicolas Giangrande, Cheyenne Tirschmann, Simon Connell and Abigail Jirousek had a successful day at the ski tests, winning gold while Cole Germain, Isla Hupe, Mason Parry, Niamh Hupe and Sophia Giangrande took silver for the team. Matthew London, Lydia Brown, Sophie Molgat and Daniel Phillips-Frredman settled for bronze medals.
A statement from Team Yukon says that while the rest of the skiers missed the podium, they still impressed throughout the race.
The alpine team got back on their winning ways as Ellyann Dinn and Tori Vollmer won gold medals while Tom Vollmer and Annie Heffner took silver.
Snowboard team’s Stian Langbakk impressed with another gold medal, his second in the competition after winning a piece on January 30th. The duo of Isabelle Paquette and Seamus MacDonald won silver medals while Courtney Stevens won bronze.
Emmett Kapaniuk, Delia Therriault, Juliette Greetham and Mitchell Aitken Rudolph of the archery team made their debuts at the January 31 games in the team mix and compound mix categories, winning gold and bronze medals. The barebow team won a silver medal.
The Arctic Sports team came back strong from their performance on January 31st when Sascha Nelson won gold in the knee jump while Lou Samson reached the final with a 2ft high kick.
At the Dene Games Snow Snake on January 31, Myra Kendi won gold for the women’s youth team while the women’s Troy Johns won gold in the men’s junior category. Junior women’s and open men’s results were not released.
Team Yukon said in a statement that the Arctic Sports and Dene Games delegation will attend a celebration together.
The trio of Tier 1 figure skating team members Leah Lariviere, Kayla Huffman and Lily Bowen competed on Jan. 31 for the first time since the Games began, but failed to make the podium. Tier 2 skaters Madisyn Millar, Myla Turner and Natilee Thompson started well but did not win a medal.
The junior team of Team Yukon and the mixed doubles table tennis teams were also there again. The duo of Kalie Bennett and Misa Svoboda played for bronze but lost 3-0 to Greenland. Mixed doubles results are still pending.
The women’s curling team claimed their first win of the games, defeating Nunavut 7-4. However, they lost their second game to Alberta North. The male curling team trumped Nunavut 9-1. But they lost their second game against Alberta North.
The girls’ basketball team recorded their second straight win in games with an impressive comeback against Alaska, winning 68-63.
The boys’ basketball team drew against Alaska in the late game and won 3-2.
The wrestling team showed improved performance against the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The team won silver in their January 31 game.
The badminton team competed in singles and doubles on January 31 and secured a spot in the finals on February 2.
The men’s volleyball team defeated Nunavut 2-1 but lost their second game of the day to Alberta North.
The women’s volleyball team failed to repeat their previous win, losing 3-0 to Alberta North. In the late game, the women faced Alaska, losing 18-25.
Goals from Zephyr Bingham and Drake Cooper for Team Yukon’s under-16 hockey team weren’t enough to give them a win over a better Nunavut team that lost 6-2.
The girls hockey team took on the NWT on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. The game ended 1-0 for the NWT team.
Team Yukon U19 hockey player Naveah Webb scored two goals and Tanner Gorrell scored another goal in a hard-fought game against Alaska. They lost 7-3.
The junior futsal team fought hard but failed to find a goal against Alberta North as they lost 8-0. The juniors lost 4-3 to Alberta North.
The teenage girls went undefeated, beating Alberta North 7-2. However, their male counterparts lost to Alberta North as Noah Lapierre’s lone goal was not enough to give the fledgling futsal side victory.
The speed skaters competed late into the night in the 400 and 500 meter individual races.
Team Yukon has successfully developed in the first half of the Arctic Games.
Earlier this week, all six members of the snowshoe team won medals, and six other cross-country skiers made podiums on the same day.
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