WISA IN CANADA – From left to right, Hugo Apatiki, snowshoe biathlete from Gambell, Ben Cross, ski biathlete from Nome, Tobin Hobbs, cross country skier from nome, Carlee Merriner, snowshoe biathlete from Galena, Mallory Conger, ski biathlete from Nome and Keith Conger, Head ski biathlon coach from Nome.

Western Interior Ski Association athletes raised the bar at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in the Northwest Territories, Canada. The six participants (five athletes and one coach) was an all-time high. Ski biathlete Mallory Conger of Nome and snowshoe biathlete Carlee Merriner of Galena set the tone in the medal count, each earning an individual silver and an individual bronze ulu. Mallory’s second place finish was the highest ever for a rural ski biathlete at a meet attended by Russians, and she became the only rural ski biathlete ever to win two individual medals. Ski biathlete Ben Cross of Nome and Hugo Apatiki of Gambell joined Conger and Merriner on bronze-medal winning relay teams. Cross country skier Tobin Hobbs turned in the highest ever finish for rural boys by taking 8th place in the 7.5-kilometer skate ski race. Ski Biathlon coach Keith Conger was the first ever rural coach to be named a head coach.