Team Alaska leads AWG 'metal' count

Juneau's Moser gives back Bronze Ulu

Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada - After the second full day of competition, Team Alaska is leading the metal count with 98 total Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ulus. Team Alberta North is second in the metal count and Team Northwest Territories is third (with 45 and 43 Ulus respectively).

Alaskan athletes have dominated in sports like wrestling, earning 11 Gold Ulus and two Silver yesterday in freestyle individual competition. Alaska also has done better than predicted in several sports, including gymnastics, where the girls won the first Gold Ulu in team competition in as long as anyone can remember.

While Team Alaska is thrilled to win all this precious metal, the focus remains first on good sportsmanship and making connections with athletes from other circumpolar countries.

"Its great to teach people about Alaska and share our culture, said 15-year-old table tennis player Garth Schulz. "It's interesting to compare life in Canada, which is similar to our life in Alaska."

Team Alaska snowshoer Riley Moser, of Juneau, earned a Sportsmanship pin yesterday. He initially was awarded the Bronze Ulu, but he informed the officials that a Yukon boy had beaten him and was the true winner of the Bronze.

Metal winners:

Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom Junior Female - Amy Mabel Davis, Girdwood

Arctic Sports Kneel Jump Junior Male - Austin Sumdum, Anchorage

Arctic Sports Kneel Jump Open Female - Sharlane King, Fairbanks

Arctic Sports One Hand Reach Open Male - David Thomas Palmer

Biathlon - Ski 7.5 km Individual Junior Male - Ray Wonders, Anchorage

Biathlon - Snowshoe 5.0 km Individual Junior Female - Stephanie Kristine Dow, Anchorage

Cross Country Skiing 2.5 km Classic Midget Male - Thomas O'Harra, Anchorage

Cross Country Skiing 5 km Classic Junior Male - Peter Mamrol, Anchorage

Dog Mushing 6 Dogs - 10 km Race Junior Coed - Yelenna Cavens, Anchorage

Snowboarding Slopestyle Juvenile Female -MacKenzie "Sparky" Rae Kesler, Anchorage

Snowshoeing 5 km Cross Country Junior Male - Zachary Bursell Juneau

Wrestling Team Competiton Open Coed - Team Alaska

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