One competition at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics had athletes flying high.


Thursday night the men competed in the first rounds of the blanket toss. They stood on an old walrus-skin blanket while dozens of pullers got them into a good rhythm. Then they soared into the air.


The blanket toss has two traditional uses. One is to get a person high on the horizon so they can spot a whale or caribou. It’s also used for holiday celebrations where the person getting tossed up flings candy and gifts to spectators. Competitors say it’s an “uplifting” experience.