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Ulus keep on coming for Team NT at Arctic Winter Games

Joe Curran (78) double-poles his guts out as he tries to keep ahead of the field during the U18 boys 10 km mass start race at the Arctic Winter Games on Tuesday. Curran would go on to win gold by litrle more than a second. Photo courtesy of 2024 Arctic Winter Games

Another day, another fine ulu haul for Team NT at the 2024 Arctic Winter Games in Mat-Su, Alaska.

The gold ulu count increased quite a bit with cross-country skiing entering the mix. Joe Curran of Yellowknife nabbed top spot in the U18 boys 10-km mass start on Tuesday, but he was pushed all the way. His winning time of 27:37.8 was only 1.1 seconds better than the runner-up from Alaska.

Theresa Lynn of Dettah was also a gold uluit on Tuesday as she captured top spot in the open women’s snow snake. Her best throw of 42.83 metres was good enough to see her finish first.

In biathlon snowshoe, Hay River’s Sophia Touesnard won the second gold ulu for the territory as she topped the field in the U15 girls 2 km sprint race.

Brigid Murphy of Yellowknife was tops in the U15 girls 400 metre race in speedskating, while her teammate, Seiya McEachern of Yellowknife, won the U15 boys version of the race. The downside to McEachern’s win, if there is one, was he had to beat his brother, Yuma McEachern, to do it. Yuma got the silver ulu, though. Lachlan Conway-Adams of Yellowknife made it a podium sweep for the NWT as he won bronze.

Maica McEachern made it a family sweep in speedskating as she nailed down a silver ulu in the U19 girls 500 metre.

Table tennis produced two ulus on Tuesday as Nikhilesh Gohil took silver in the U18 boys singles —he lost the gold ulu match to his Alaskan opponent —and Kathleen Cai of Yellowknife will be coming hom with a bronze ulu as she won her third-place match over Lalita Atatahak of Nunavut in straight sets.