• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
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

    Teacher of the Week: Ronald Bowlan

    by James Gaddis on Jan 26, 11:01

    A fifth-grade teacher at Knik Elementary School has a knack for keeping his kids engaged. In his fifth year at the head of the class, KTVA 11 Teacher of the Week winner Ronald Bowlan is relatively new to teaching. Prior to commanding the classroom, he served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a chief […]

  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, Jan. 26

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 26, 8:31

    Mostly sunny today in Southcentral and very cold. In the Southeast skies will be mostly cloudy with some patchy fog. In the Interior it will be bitterly cold with patchy ice fog. On the North Slope it will be very cold with windy conditions and flurries. Out West it will be very cold with some […]

  • News

    Dog credited with alerting Fairbanks family of fire

    by Associated Press on Jan 26, 8:17

    A dog is credited with waking up family members after a fire broke out in their Fairbanks home. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner (http://is.gd/vEPKdp) reports the fire began in the chimney of the Executive Estates home Sunday morning while the family slept. Officials say the dog alerted family members, who smelled burning when they woke […]

  • Crime

    Wasilla man with felony warrant tries to dodge trooper, injures officer

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 26, 7:09

    A Wasilla man with a felony warrant and a mobile methamphetamine lab was taken into custody after he tried to run from an Alaska State Trooper and fought with the officer, authorities say. Sunday around 9:20 p.m., AST conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 Subaru Legacy for moving violations. When a trooper tried to […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage police investigate fatal shooting near University Area

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 25, 22:52

      Anchorage police are investigating a shooting after a male with a gunshot wound was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday evening. Just after 8:30 p.m., the Anchorage Police Department received a report of a gunshot victim at a business near Lake Otis Parkway and Tudor Road, according to a statement from police. The exact […]

  • News

    Walker calls Obama’s ANWR proposal “significant step in the wrong direction”

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 25, 17:47

    In a press conference Gov. Bill Walker called on Sunday, the governor says he’s “angry, very angry” over an announcement from President Obama’s administration to propose new wilderness designations in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In a release from the White House, Obama said the Department of the Interior revised a plan to “better sustain […]

  • News

    Anchorage police search teams find value in winter training

    by Dave Leval on Jan 25, 11:25

    The state of Alaska has a lot to offer those who enjoy heading outdoors during winter. But it can also be dangerous should residents get lost. Various search crews gathered at the Beach Lake trails in Chugiak Saturday. They looked for three people who got “lost” while at the park. Except those people had never been […]

  • News

    Walker, congressional delegation ‘outraged’ over Obama’s ANWR proposal

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 25, 10:59

    A White House announcement Sunday has sparked Gov. Bill Walker and the state’s congressional delegation to claim that President Obama, along with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, are “declaring war on Alaska’s future.” This follows a move on the Obama administration, proposing new wilderness protections in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In a release from the White House, […]