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GOOD AS GOLD – Emmett Kapaniuk trains on Monday. Kapaniuk and Delia Therriault won gold in the Team Compound Mix competition Tuesday. Photo by TEAM YUKON/SARAH LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

2023 AWG Wrap: Yukon in three-way battle for medal lead

The Yukon finds itself in a three way battle for the medal lead at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) in Wood Buffalo, Alta.

By Morris Prokop on February 1, 2023

The Yukon finds itself in a three way battle for the medal lead at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) in Wood Buffalo, Alta.

The current total doesn’t include biathlon and cross country medals (ulu-shaped at AWG). If those are taken into account, the Yukon would have at least 62 medals.

Now on to the results:

As mentioned below, Tori Vollmer continued her torrid pace, capturing gold for the second straight day, this time in the slalom events.

Annie Heffner secured a bronze.

Ellyann Dinn struck gold in the 2008-10 Female Slalom.

Tom Vollmer settled for silver in the 2008-10 Male Slalom.

According to a Team Yukon press release, it was another day full of medals for the Yukon’s snowshoe and ski biathletes. On the snowshoes, Alex Brown, gold, Chase O’Brien, silver, Stella Mueller, gold, Claire Macmillan, bronze, Johna Irving-Staley, silver, and Logan Tirschmann, bronze, earned medals.

On the skis, Cole Germain, silver, Matthew London, bronze, Isla Hupe, silver, Lydia Brown, bronze, Mason Parry, silver, and Niamh Hupe, silver, took medals.

Nicolas Giangrande, gold, Cheyenne Tirschmann, gold, Sophie Molgat, bronze, Simon Connell, gold, Daniel Phillips-Freedman, bronze, Abigail Jirousek, gold, and Sophia Giangrande, silver, had successful days on the ski trails.

In snowboarding, Stian Langbakk earned his second gold ulu of the Games. Isabelle Paquette and Seamus MacDonald earned silvers, and Courtney Stevens won bronze.

The men’s volleyball team rallied after dropping the second set to beat Nunavut 2-1. They dropped their second game of the day to Alberta North 2-0.

The women’s volleyball team kept things close against Alberta North, but couldn’t take a set, losing the game 3-0. In the late game, Yukon lost to Alaska 3-0.

The U16 boys’ hockey team got goals from Zephyr Bingham and Drake Cooper but couldn’t get past a strong Nunavut team, losing 6-2.

They had a much closer game against Alberta North, narrowly dropping a 4-3 decision. Kaelan Basnett netted two for the Yukon, with Cache Greffard adding a single.

The girls’ hockey team lost a close one, 1-0 to N.W.T.

Naveah Webb scored twice and Tanner Gorrell chipped in with one in a hard-fought game against Alaska that the U19 boys came up short in, 7-3.

The junior girls’ futsal team battled hard, but couldn’t find the back of the net against Alberta North, losing 8-0.

The junior boys went back-and-forth against Alberta North, but couldn’t find an equalizer as they dropped their first match of the Games 4-3. Ferguson Israel, with two, and Leo Whittaker continued their torrid scoring pace for Yukon.

The juvenile girls remained unbeaten, downing Alberta North 7-2. Red-hot Mirai Traynor paced the girls with five goals. Mischa Ng-Schmidt added a brace and Corbin Minifie chipped in a single.

Noah Lapierre’s lone goal wasn’t enough to give the juvenile boys futsal team the win over Northern Alberta, as they lost 5-1.

The boys’ curling team started Day 3 strong with a 9-1 win over Nunavut. They dropped their second game to Alberta North 10-2.

The girls’ curling team got their first win of the Games, defeating Nunavut 7-4. They fell in their second game to Alberta North 14-1.

The Level 1 figure skaters, Leah Lariviere, Kayla Huffman, and Lily Bowen had a great first day, coming just short of the podium. The Level 2 skaters Madisyn Millar, Myla Turner, and Natilee Thompson also started strong.

In table tennis, the junior team and mixed doubles were at it again. The duo of Kalie Bennett and Misa Svoboda played for bronze but came up short.

The 2004 mixed doubles team of Victor Li and Melody Qiu lost 3-0 decisions to Greenland and Nunavik, but bounced back with a 3-2 win over Alaska.

In the 2004 Mixed Team Event, Yukon lost 3-0 to Nunavut but came back with a 2-1 win over Alaska.

The girls’ basketball team mounted a huge comeback to take out Alaska 68-63 in a barnburner. Arian Batallones again led the way with 19 points, Jaidan Curteanu netted 12, and Robyn Mueller added 11.

The boys remained undefeated with a 71-55 triumph over Alaska.

In the wrestling Mixed Team competition, Yukon defeated N.W.T. 35-10 and Nunavut 31-14 and ended up with silver.

The Yukon’s two compound archery teams hit the podium with Team 2, Emmett Kapaniuk and Delia Therriault, earning gold and and Team 1, Riley Cyre and Hayden Wallace, bronze.

And it was silver for the Team Yukon 1’s barebow squad, Juliette Greetham and Mitchell Rudolph, who scored four points. Team Yukon 2, Harrison Dolding and Pheonix Widney, finished fourth.

There was great energy in the room for Arctic Sports. Sascha Nelson took gold in the kneel jump and Lou Samson made the final of the two foot high kick.

In the Dene Games snow snake, Myra Kendi took the juvenile female gold and Troy Johns earned gold in the junior male category. The junior female and open male results were not yet posted.

In speed skating, 400m 2007 - 2011 Male category, Kieran Horton took gold and Greg Freeman struck silver.

In the 500m 2004 - 2008 Male category, Lucas Taggart-Cox struck silver.

Badminton continued with its singles and doubles play. The Yukoners played their opponents tough, setting themselves up for the final matches tomorrow.

The current medal standings show the Yukon back on top with 35 medals (12 gold, 15 silver, eight bronze).

Alberta North is second with 31 medals (11 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze).

N.W.T. is in third with 28 medals (11 gold, nine silver and eight bronze).

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