• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
News Alert: Follow our AFN Live Blog - Read More
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 1s

Athletes compete from the ground up

By Heather Hintze 6:16 PM March 19, 2014

Alaskan high kick competitors have to hold one foot with their hand and try to kick a ball with the other foot.

FAIRBANKS – The Alaskan high kick isn’t your average kicking game — athletes actually start by sitting on the ground.

“It’s difficult to find your distance to the target and to get yourself lined up properly to make that kick, to get on that shoulder and get your hips up,” said Meika McDonald, the Arctic Winter Games international treasurer.

Competitors have to hold one foot with their hand while they put all their weight on their other hand and reach up to kick a suspended ball.

“Your palm has to be flat on the floor and you have to keep your balance for at least three seconds after your kick,” explained Veronica McDonald, Meika’s daughter.

Like other Arctic sports at the Arctic Winter Games, competing is a tradition that’s been passed down through the generations.

“I grew up watching my mother do it, so it kind inspired me when I was a little girl to be like my mother,” Veronica said. “I like this sport because it takes a lot of athletic ability to be able to do these events.”

The athletes said they hope to inspire others to continue the spirit of the competition for years to come.

Latest Stories

  • On-Air

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time Anchorage gets excited about Uber

    by John Tracy on Oct 20, 16:26

    On a recent trip outside Alaska, I decided to find out what all the fuss was about concerning the ride sharing company Uber. I’m not the most technically savvy guy, but even without the help of my teenager, I downloaded the app and reluctantly gave Uber my credit card number. When I arrived at the […]

  • News

    Alaska Native remains could return home from Pennsylvania

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 14:46

    A small group of people are working with the U.S. Army to bring home the remains of 15 Alaska Natives who attended a boarding school in Pennsylvania more than a century ago. The Carlisle Industrial Indian School was founded in 1879 by Richard Henry Pratt. The Army officer created the military-style school on the belief […]

  • News

    Crews hope to reach full containment of Moose Creek Fire by weekend

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 13:12

    Last updated at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20   The latest fire map from the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the Moose Creek Fire is 70 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon. “If (weather) stays the way it is right now we’re hoping for full containment by the end of shift Friday,” Phil Blydenburgh, Incident […]

  • Weekend concert to benefit Alaska Music Project for Youth

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 20, 12:58

    Just how easy is it to record a song? J.W. Frye and Matthew Brenna with Alaska Music Project for Youth (AMP) showed Daybreak how it’s done. The organization is also holding a benefit concert, with headliner Black Water Railroad Company, on Oct. 22 at Williwaw. Proceeds will help AMP hit its goal of 18 mobile […]

  • Cup with the Chief: APD’s staffing goals and how to prevent winter crime

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 20, 12:28

    The Anchorage Police Department is well on its way to hitting a goal of 400 officers by the end of the year. APD Chief Chris Tolley sat down with Daybreak to discuss how they are working toward that goal. He also said winter is nearly here, and that means the department will see a spike […]

  • News

    SLIDESHOW: Alaska Federation of Natives convention celebrates 50 years

    by Megan Edge on Oct 20, 12:17

    The Alaska Federation of Natives convention kicked off in Fairbanks on Thursday with speakers from all over the U.S. The first day of the three-day event was packed with emotional testimony from the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, young leaders and elders. Special guests from the White House, as well as Alaska politicians, addressed the crowd. […]

  • News

    Decomposed body found near railroad tracks in south Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 11:26

    Police say a decomposed body was found Wednesday evening in south Anchorage. The Anchorage Police Department stated in a release Thursday morning that the report came in around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. APD said the remains were found near the railroad tracks off Huffman Road near the intersection of Old Seward Highway. Police say that nothing […]

  • Weather

    First measurable snowfall of the season coming to Anchorage, Mat-Su

    by Rachael Penton on Oct 20, 10:39

    ANCHORAGE — A cold front is on the way to Southcentral and will bring the first chance for measurable snowfall for the Anchorage area beginning late Thursday. Rain will develop Thursday afternoon across the Susitna Valley, before spreading to the Matanuska Valley and Anchorage by the evening hours. As temperatures fall, the rain will mix […]