2016 Arctic Winter Games

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2016 Arctic Winter Games Nuuk
Arctic Winter Games 2016 Nuuk vertical logo.jpg
Nuuk 2016 Arctic Winter Games official emblem
Host city Nuuk Coat of Arms.gif Nuuk
Country  Kingdom of Denmark  Greenland
Motto Join — Feel — Jump
Nations participating
Teams participating
Athletes participating approx. 2000
Events 43
Opening ceremony March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06)
Closing ceremony March 12, 2016 (2016-03-12)
Officially opened by Asii Chemnitz Narup
Mayor of Sermersooq
Officially closed by Jens Brinch
President of the AWGIC
Main venue Nuuk Stadium
Website awg2016.org
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The 2016 Arctic Winter Games, officially known with the slogan "Join — Feel — Jump", is a winter multi-sport event which took place in Nuuk, Greenland, between 6–12 March 2016. The elected host city was announced on 14 September 2012 by the Arctic Winter Games International Committee (AWGIC) in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

The Arctic Winter Games is the world's largest multisport and cultural event for young people of the Arctic. The Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and culture held for a week, each time with a different nation or region as the host. AWG celebrates sports, social interaction and culture. The Games contributes to creating an awareness on cultural diversity, and develops athletes to participate in the competitions with the focus on fair play. The Games binds the Arctic countries together and includes traditional games such as Arctic sports and Dené games.

Over 2,000 athletes from nine teams (Alaska, Greenland, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavik Québec, Nunavut, Sápmi, Yamal-Nenets and Yukon) participated in the games.[1]


The Arctic Winter Games celebrates culture and creates in the participants an awareness of cultural similarities and dissimilarities. Cultural exchange and social interaction are important parts of the Games. Each participating country or region contributes with performances in dance, song, music, plays, or art. These cultural events reflect the traditional as well as the modern cultures of the Arctic.


The Government of Greenland, the Municipality of Sermersooq and the business community of Greenland are the owners and the hosts of the AWG2016. Led by a General Manager, the day-to-day operations and the practical work are handled by the AWG2016 Secretariat.

In September 2013, Maliina Abelsen was appointed as head of the Nuuk 2016 Organizing Committee.[2]



2016's mascot is a Seal named "Kuluk". Out of 228 different suggestions for the naming of the mascot competition, the name "Kuluk" won and was appointed by the steering committee.[3]

The Games[edit]


15 sport disciplines are scheduled in the 2018 Arctic Winter Games program. The 4 skiing sports are alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboarding. The 2 racquet sports are badminton and table tennis. The other 9 sports are Arctic sports, basketball, Dene games, Ice hockey, Indoor soccer, Primitive biathlon, Snowshoeing, Volleyball and Wrestling[4]

Excluded events[edit]

A number of events have been excluded to the programme due to the lack of facilities and expertise.[5]

Medal tally[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Alaska 83 67 66 216
2  Greenland 39 23 19 81
3 Alberta Alberta North 29 32 27 88
4  Yukon 23 41 36 100
5  Northwest Territories 16 12 23 51
6  Sápmi 8 7 4 19
7  Nunavut 6 18 25 49
8 Quebec Nunavik Québec 6 9 6 21
9  Yamal-Nenets 2 5 1 8

Hodgson Trophy[edit]

At each Arctic Winter Games, the AWG International Committee presents the Hodgson Trophy to the contingent whose athletes best exemplify the ideals of fair play and team spirit. Team members also receive a distinctive pin in recognition of their accomplishment.

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Preceded by
Arctic Winter Games

2016 Arctic Winter Games
Succeeded by
South Slave 2018