NWT mines more gold

Underwood Day of Inuvik snags pair of gold ulus in Arctic sports

James McCarthy | Nuuk, Greenland
March 9, 2016
Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 8, 2016 - Inuvik's Underwood Day won the junior boys two-foot high kick in Nuuk with a personal best of 7 feet.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo
Nuuk, Greenland – March 8, 2016 – Inuvik’s Underwood Day won the junior boys two-foot high kick in Nuuk with a personal best of 7 feet.

Day Three of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland is well underway but Day Two saw the NWT back on the top of the podium.

And you can thank Inuvik’s Underwood Day for that.

“I wanted to bring everything to the show and I did.”
-Underwood Day

The 15-year-old Arctic sports athlete, who’s competing in his first Arctic Winter Games, snatched two gold ulus yesterday by winning the two-foot high kick and the kneel jump, both in the junior boys division.

Day said he’s quite proud of the achievement.

“I wanted to bring everything to the show and I did,” he said.

Day’s leap in the two-foot high kick measured exactly 7′, four inches better than the runner-up while his kneel jump measured 118.5 cm, 8 cm better than anyone else. Both winning results were also personal bests for him.

He’s been doing Arctic sports now for about three years but he said the competition here in Nuuk is some of the best he’s ever seen.

“It pushed me harder to do better,” he said.

Brayden Gruben of Tuktoyaktuk joined Day on the podium in the two-foot high kick by finishing third and earning a bronze ulu.

Day wasn’t the only ulu winner on Day Two. Matthias Steiner of Tsiigehtchic won a silver ulu in the juvenile boys 3 km snowshoe and Yellowknife’s Kea Furniss earned a silver ulu in the juvenile girls 2.5 km race.

Snowshoe biathlon was also racing on Day Two and Julianne Chipesia of Inuvik managed to get herself on the podium thanks to her third place finish in the juvenile girls 3 km event.