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SportsRecreationSpeedSkating19TuesdaySeptember32013SportsRecreationArcticWinterGamesByRENEFRANCOEURAYellowknifespeedskaterhasmadethecutandisonhiswaytotheOlympicsthisFebruaryinSochiRussia.MichaelGilday26an-nouncedearlierlastweekthathedbeennamedtotheCanadianShortTrackSpeedSkatingteam.ThenewscameasabitofasurpriseasGildaysuf-feredaviolentfallduringtheIntactShortTrackTeamSe-lectionsinMontrealonAug.7animportantqualierfortheOlympicsandcouldnotnishtheve-dayevent.HeisstillrecoveringfromtheconcussionandmadeitbackontotheiceforthersttimelastWednesday.Imfeelingprettywell.Itstoughtobepatient...Imex-tremelyanxioustogetbackoutthereitsjustabsolutelykillingmetakingitslowGil-daytoldTheJournal.ForaslongasIcanrememberpeo-plehavebeenaskingmewhenImgoingtotheOlympicsandnowImabletosayIamIthinkitsstillsinkingin.ItsphenomenalandinspiringtohavesomanypeopleacrosstheNorthandespeciallyinandaroundYellowkniferoot-ingforme.Gildaywhoscompetedinmultipleworldchampion-shipsandcupeventsmadetheteamrosterlargelythankstohisperformancein2012hesaid.IhadagoodseasonlastyearandIwasconsistentsoIhadshownwhatIwasca-pableofwellandIhadrea-sontohopethatitwouldbeenough.ItwasabitofashotinthedarkanduntilthewordcameinthatIdmadeitIwasnervousandasImtryingtorecovermybrainthatsnotgoodhesaid.Nowitsaweightoffmyshouldersandmaybethatwillhelpinmyrecoveryaswell.ThisisthesecondmajorconcussionGildayhassuffered.In2009hemissedovertwoweeksofpracticeaswellbuthesaidhesnotlettingitstophim.WhenyouvemadeaworldteamanOlympicteamIndtheresthisboostandyouresupermotivatedandyouwanttodoeverythingyoucantrainnon-stopandIcantdothatsoImgoingstircrazybutImtryingtoputthatsameenergyintomyrecoveryanddoingtherightthings-notoverdoingthingssoIdontprolongtheprocesshesaid.HehasbeenworkingwithNeuroSportPerformanceoutofMontrealaconsult-ingrmthatspecializesinmentalperformancetrainingandworkswithanumberofathletestryingtogetbackontopoftheirgameafterconcussions.Ivebeendoingsomelightintervalsonthebikesforaboutaweeknowanddoingdiffer-entexercisestogetmyinten-sitylevelsupmyheartrateupandhopefullygetgoingfullspeedagainsoon.Hesnotoutoftheroughwatersyethesaid.WestillhavehurdlestojumptogettothegameswehavetodotheOlympicquali-fyingworldcupinNovember.TherealityisGildaysaidhewontbeintopformbythen.Formethegoalistogetto80-maybe85-percentshowupracetothebestofmyphysicalcapacity...ThegoalisnttobethebestIcanbethisfallbuttobeatthepeakofmytnessandskilllevelinFebruary.Gildaysaidheplanstocontinuetorelaxandtrainasmuchashecanhandle.ImlookingforwardtothegamesandthesupportIvehadfromallthreeterritorieshasbeenamazing.ImproudtobefromtheNorthandIhopetocontinuetorepresentev-eryoneasbestIcanhesaid.YellowknifespeedskatermakesOlympicteamDespiteaheadinjuryduringthetryoutsMichaelGildayisheadedtoRussiaByRENEFRANCOEURWomensandbantamhockeyhaveahomesecur-ingtheirspotsinthelineupforeventsinthe2016Arc-ticWinterGamesinNuukGreenlandbutsixkeysportsremainexcluded.ThecityofIqaluithasan-nounceditwillhostthetwohockeyeventsatitsArcticWinterGamesarenaasNuuklacksthenecessaryicesur-facefacilities.WearepleasedtoworkwiththeCityofIqaluit...Ourtwocommunitieshavealotincommonandweseethisasanopportunitytostrengthenourrelationshipandexchangebestpracticesandknowl-edgeNuukdeputyMayorAndreasUldummsaidinarecentpressrelease.Wehaveauniquehistoryofworkingtogether.In2002NuukandIqaluitco-hostedtheArcticWinterGames.WewillcontributetothesuccessofGreenlandsGamesin2016andlookforwardtoacontin-uedpartnershipasweprepareourbidforthe2020ArcticWinterGamesIqaluitsmayorJohnGrahamadded.Thisinclusionofbantamhockeygiveshopeformidgethockeywhichwasoriginallygoingtobeexcludedfromthe2016gamesalongwithdogmushingcurlinggym-nasticsspeedskatingandgureskatingduetolackoffacilitiesinGreenland.Theseeventshavealltraditionallybeenincludedinthegames.MunicipalandCommu-nityAffairsMinisterRobertMcLeodwiththegovern-mentoftheNorthwestTerri-torieshasbeenworkingwiththeArcticWinterGamesInternationalCommitteetoexplorewaystoensuretheeventshappenataseparatemulti-sportcompetitionevenifitwontbeattheof-cialgames.HetoldTheJournallastweekthathesfairlycon-denttherewillbeapositiveoutcomefortheevents.Ourworkinggroupisstillworkingonfindinganal-ternativelocation.OurplanrightfromthebeginningistogetalocationorvenueforalltheathletesthatwouldbeexcludedMcLeodsaid.WerepleasedthingshavebeennalizedforbantamandwomenshockeybutwehavebeenfocusedonthesixexcludedeventsandareworkingawayatthatTheaffectedsportorganiza-tionshavebeenverypatientandtheyshouldhaveanan-swersoon.Thecommitteesworkinggroupisexpectedtoreportbackbynextmonth.Thegameshavebeenforcedtoeliminateeventsbeforesuchasalpineski-ingin2008whenthecom-petitiontookplaceinYel-lowknifewherethereisnoskihill.AdditionallywhenGreen-landhostedin2002manyarenaeventstookplaceinIqaluitandathleteswereownbackandforth.InanearlierinterviewMcLeodmentionedIqaluitmaynotbeaviableoptionfortheeliminatedsportsthistimearoundastheyhavecapacityconcernsandmanyinfrastructureprojectsonthego.Iqaluitstepsuptosavehockeyat2016GamesPhotocourtesyofCityofIqaluitThisarenainIqaluitwillhostwomensandbantamhockeyduringthe2016ArcticWinterGamesinGreenland.Photofotosports.caSpeedskaterMichaelGildayofYellowknifehasmadetheOlympicteamheadingtoRussiainFebruary.