Arctic Winter Games: Training Grounds for the next American Ninja Warrior!
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska athlete, Nick Iligutchiak Hanson just might be the next American Ninja Warrior.
Last week, Alaskan's watched the NBC show in anticipation as Nick, a beloved coach and athlete from Unakaleet, competed for the title of American Ninja Warrior for the second time. Season 8 was the winning ticket though: Nick completed the course in the first round and will be advancing to the semi-finals.
At the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk Greenland, Nick carried the leader board in many of the Arctic Sport events. Nick took home a Gold Ulu in the two-foot high kick and a Bronze Ulu in the Knuckle Hop. He set a similar record at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, and has earned over 30 Ulus in his history of competition with the Games. Most notably, Nick holds the world record in the Scissor Broad Jump at 36'7", and previously held the record in Toe Kick at 98".
Congratulations Nick, and we will all be watching and supporting you in your quest to become the next American Ninja Warrior!
You can watch a re-play of Nick's epic performance on Season 8 of NBC's American Ninja Warrior here.
About Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska
Team Alaska was established in 1968 by the state as a nonprofit, statewide organization. Team Alaska is responsible for organizing and selecting young athletes to compete in the Arctic Winter Games, a high-profile circumpolar sport competition for northern and arctic athletes. More than 20 sporting events, traditional dance and music, make Arctic Winter Games a very important cultural event for young Alaskans. Hundreds of young athletes will represent Team Alaska at the 2018 games in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories.