• 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

  • Crime

    Bethel man sentenced to 20 years for murder of Leann Berlin

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Feb 09, 14:31

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission.  BETHEL — A Bethel judge sentenced 28-year-old Mark Charlie Jr. of Bethel to serve 20 years for the murder of Leann Berlin, a 26-year-old originally from Kasigluk. Berlin’s body was found in the BNC apartments and had been there for days after she died, Charlie […]

  • Crime

    2 suspects on the run following Jewel Lake sandwich shop robbery

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 09, 11:04

    Police are searching for two suspects following a robbery Tuesday morning at an Anchorage Subway restaurant. Just after 7 a.m. Tuesday two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandannas entered the sandwich shop on Jewel Lake Road near the intersection of Dimond Boulevard, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. Castro said one suspect appeared to […]

  • News

    Icebreaker, Alaska village funds in Obama proposed budget

    by Associated Press on Feb 09, 10:05

    President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget includes funding for construction of a new polar icebreaker and relocation costs for Alaska coastal communities threatened by erosion. But it faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama visited Alaska in August. A White House press release says the budget contains proposals aimed at reducing risks of […]

  • Crime

    Jury selection begins for ex-UAF player’s sex assault trial

    by Associated Press on Feb 09, 8:05

    Jury selection has begun for the trial of a former University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey player accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Nolan Youngmun is charged with two counts stemming from an April 5 incident in on-campus housing. Charging documents say Youngmun and another male visited a woman […]

  • News

    Diners charged months after eating at Anchorage restaurant

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 08, 22:41

      ANCHORAGE — If you ate at a popular Anchorage restaurant recently, you might want to check your bank account. People who ate at Benihana in Anchorage toward the end of 2015 might finally be charged for their meal this week. Tanny Walker told KTVA she ate at the restaurant in November and the payment […]

  • News

    ‘Schools on the Edge’ Part One: Twin Hills

    by Daniella Rivera on Feb 08, 22:32

      ANCHORAGE — The State of Alaska is in a budget crisis, and one lawmaker says education is not off limits. Rep. Lynn Gattis said she wants to change how the state funds rural schools. Right now, a village needs a minimum of 10 students to get state funding. Gattis said she wants to see that number […]

  • News

    Lake Hood pilot: Air traffic control stretched too thin

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 08, 22:24

      ANCHORAGE — Arctic Flyers is one of the many small businesses that dot the shoreline of Lake Hood. The company’s owner, Rick Ruess, says recent flights into and out of the lake have made him nervous. For the last year, he says there is often one air traffic controller managing both Lake Hood and Ted […]

  • News

    Changing a neighborhood through community art

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 08, 21:21

      ANCHORAGE — Two Anchorage artists want to make Mountain View a more peaceful neighborhood. Aurora Sidney-Ando and Christina Determo started the Whale Song Peace Project. They’re creating a large sculpture for the neighborhood they hope will get people talking about ways to make positive changes. “It’s a call to action and to teach people […]