An Alaska athlete has broken the Arctic Winter Games record for the one foot high kick.

Stuart Towarak from Unalakleet kicked 9’7” in the men’s one 1 in Fort Smith, Canada.

That’s one inch higher than his personal best.

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Towarak, 24, said he’s been working for years to reach that height.

"When I saw the top of my kick and how hard I kicked it, I started screaming on the way down, and I started screaming and celebrating when I got to my landing because I knew I just smashed it,” he laughed.

Towarak’s dad was also a one-foot high kick record holder in the 1980s.

In addition to taking home a gold ulu for his new record, Towarak also grabbed the bronze in the two-foot high kick.

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