March 10, 2016
The 2016 Arctic Winter Games are being called the biggest event in Greenland’s history! This year the competition is held in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, from March 6 and will end March 11, 2016. The capital has 17,000 people and it has grown by over 2,000 more with the athletes and visitors. There are 9 contingents representing Greenland, Canada, NWT, Yukon, United States, and SAPMI (which is Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway). Hundreds of volunteers in Nuuk work tirelessly to have the best games possible.
About 240 athletes traveled from Alaska, the only state represented. They come from everywhere, and are excelling in performance and sportsmanship! The rural communities are Dillingham, Ester, Gakona, Galena, Girdwood, Gustavus, Healy, Homer, Indian, Kenai, Kipnuk, Kodiak, Kwigillingok, McGrath, Newtok, Ninilchik, Sitka, Soldotna, Tyonek and Unalakleet. The urban areas are ably represented by Juneau/Douglas, Palmer/Wasilla, Fairbanks/North Pole and Anchorage/Chugiak/Eagle River.
Some of the games take place indoors but most are done outdoors. The games this year are: Arctic Sports (like NYO), Basketball, Biathlon-Ski, Cross Country Skiing, Dene Games, Futsal (soccer), Hockey, Snowboard, Snowshoe, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling. In addition, there is a cultural component to the games.
Greenland has a population of almost 60,000; their largest city is Nuuk. About 80% is covered by icecaps and glaciers. Scientists say the ice is about half a million years old. Nuuk is at the 64 N. Latitude which is the same as Nome’s. They speak Greenlandic, Danish and English. They are proud of their polar bears, musk ox, walrus, caribou, seal and sea eagles. Currently it is about 20⁰ F. and the lows are about 10⁰ F. They are 6 hours ahead of Alaska.
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Photos courtesy of the www.cbc.ca website!