Arctic Canada - The Culture Cure
Episode 15

Arctic Olympians - Sharon and Shirley Firth - from Aklavik Northwest Territories to Sapporo, Innsbruck, Lake Placid and Sarajevo

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Sharon and Shirley Firth were born inside the Arctic Circle, deep in the vast Mackenzie Delta, in the small remote Canadian community of Aklavik, Northwest Territories. From these humble beginnings, in the land of the midnight sun and winters of endless darkness, the identical twins, who were of Gwich'in heritage, became groundbreaking, unmatched, Olympic Athletes. Among the first indigenous athletes to attend the Olympics on behalf of Canada, the twins competed in four consecutive Olympic Games and between them won 79 medals at the national championships, including 48 national titles!

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