Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Arctic Winter Games Officially Underway with Sold Out Opening Ceremonies

The 2010 Arctic Winter Games are underway, in the Southern-most community to ever to host this biennial international celebration of sport and culture. Opening Ceremonies for the 21st set of Games were held Sunday, March 7 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

During the first half of “A Hero’s Journey” the audience enjoyed a unique combination of cultural entertainment, showcasing the cultural diversity and youthful spirit of the community of Grande Prairie.

Troyanda Ukranian Dancers, Hoop-dancer Amanda Syryda, Grande Prairie Pipes & Drums, the Hero’s Journey Mass Choir, and the Games Cultural Ambassador Celeigh Cardinal performed during the first act for a suspiciously half-empty arena - before the second act saw over 2,000 athletes, cultural participants and coaches fill in the entire floor and a portion of the stands.

Opening Ceremonies are the official start to the Games, which also saw the start of athletic competition today on the soccer pitch. Sport results are available via the Games website. Visit www.awg2010.org for a link to the Games Event Management System (GEMS) where you can search by sport, day, team, or athlete – or view the calendar for details on upcoming competitions.

Monday, March 8 will see competition in 19 of the Games’ 21 sports, as well as the start of FREE Lunchtime Cultural Performances. Each of the nine international contingents will share the cultures of their homelands as they perform alongside local talent, Monday through Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 at Prairie Mall, Second Street Theatre, and the Games Trading Post.

For Games participants, the journey continues with six more days of athletic competition, social interaction, and cultural exchange before Closing Ceremonies, Saturday, March 13.

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