Arctic Winter Games

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Arctic Winter Games
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First event1970 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Occur every2 years
Last event 2018 Arctic Winter Games held in Hay River/Fort Smith
PurposeSports for the Arctic
PresidentJohn Flynn [1]
An athlete performing a two-foot high kick at the 2008 Arctic Winter Games Two-foot high kick.jpg
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.



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.


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.

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
Russia X
Magadan XXXXXX
Tyumen XXX
Chukotka XX

Host cities

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

YearHost CityCountry
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

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]

Northwest Territories1992
Northwest Territories1996

Arctic Winter Games International Committee

Sports disciplines

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.

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 pictogram.svg Alpine skiing XXXXXXX13131313P
Archery pictogram.svg Archery XP
High kick pictogram.svg Arctic sports ddXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX353535353535P
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX101010101010P
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX222222P
Biathlon pictogram.svg Biathlon XXXXXXXXXXX141414141414P
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing XX
Pictogram.svg Broomball X
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross-country skiing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX242424242424P
Curling pictogram.svg Curling XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX22232P
Snow snake pictogram.svg Dene games XXXXXXXXX242424242424P
Sled dog racing pictogram.svg Dog mushing XXXXXXXXX66666
Figure skating pictogram.svg Figure skating XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX1313131313P
Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing 8
Futsal pictogram.svg Futsal 55P
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics XXXXXXXXXXXXX66666P
Ice hockey pictogram.svg Ice hockey XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX333323P
Futsal pictogram.svg Indoor soccer XXXXXXXXXXXXXX5555
Judo pictogram.svg Judo XXXXXX
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating XXXXXXXXXX2020202020P
Snowboarding pictogram.svg Snowboarding XXXX202020201620P
Snowshoe biathlon pictogram.svg Snowshoe biathlon XXXXXXXXXXXXX141414141414P
Snowshoeing pictogram.svg Snowshoeing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX141414141414P
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming d
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis XXXXXXXXXXXXX141412121212P
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX222222P
Pictogram.svg Winter triathlon XXXX
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling XXXXXXXXXXXXXX252525252625P
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

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