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Western Alaska Athletes Win 5 Medals At Day Three of the Arctic Winter Games

Dene Hand Games at the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. Nome’s Madison Johnson won a silver medal in the event with Alaska's juvenile women’s team. Photo: Marjorie Tahbone, used with permission.

NOME, Alaska — Team Alaska extended its lead in the medal race at the Arctic Winter Games on Wednesday, earning more than sixty medals during the third day of international competition in Nuuk, Greenland.

Leading all nine national teams, Alaska now has 108 medals in total. That’s 50 more than Team Yukon, which is still in second place ahead of Team Alberta North.

Several athletes from Western Alaska won awards at the halfway point of the tournament.

Nick Hanson of Unalakleet took gold in Open Men’s Two-Foot High Kick. Hanson never missed the ball, beating more than 20 opponents with a height of 7 feet, 11.5 inches. Hanson’s teammate — Makiyan Jay Ivanoff of Unalakleet — earned the silver medal with a kick that registered 7 feet, 9 inches.

Ivanoff also earned a silver medal in Open Men’s Alaskan High Kick. His second-place height was 7 feet, 4 inches.

Nome’s Madison Johnson took silver in Juvenile Women’s Dene Hand Games.

Bianca Trowbridge of Nome earned the bronze medal in Junior Women’s Biathlon Ski. She finished the six-kilometer sprint in 27 minutes, 28 seconds to claim second place.


  1. Nicole Johnston on March 10, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Reporting from Nuuk, Nick Hanson officially kicked 8’0″ and Makiyan Ivanoff kicked 7’8″ in the Open Men’s Two Foot High Kick. Madison Johnson along with her team members earned a silver in the Juvenile Girls Dene Hand Games.

    • Laura Kraegel on March 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Nicole! The heights included in the story came from the official results posted by the Arctic Winter Games website, but we will continue to watch the scores closely and report the most accurate, timely information we can. Thank you again!

  2. Adeline Zhopdon on March 11, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    What’s the Arctic Winter Games website???