2,000 athletes in Fairbanks for Arctic Winter Games

For the third time in its 44-year history, the Arctic Winter Games is in Fairbanks, bringing 2,000 athletes from several polar nations to the city for seven days of competition.

Athletes will compete in 20 sports, including some traditional Native sports.

Competition kicks off Sunday, with opening ceremonies that night at 6 p.m.

GCI cable Channel 1 will provide live coverage of the opening ceremonies and daily recaps Monday through Friday at 10:30 p.m. Viewers can also stream live footage of the Arctic Winter Games at gci.com. 

These are the 23rd Arctic Winter Games, an event held every other year. Athletes represent one of nine circumpolar contingents — Alaska, Greenland, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta North, Nunavik Quebec, Nunavut, Yamal and Sapmi,

Yamal is part of the Russian Federation, and Sapmi is a team that consists primarily of indigenous athletes from northern Scandinavia — Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia.

Anchorage Daily News