Native Youth Olympics

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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Utuq Moto, 18, hugs an official after being awarded First Place in the One Foot High Kick competition at the Native Youth Olympics on Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Moto and the second and third place winners all kicked at least 94 inches high.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Bengimin Ambrosiani stares into the distance as he competes with his twin Nickolas Ambrosiani during the Indian Stick Pull at the Native Youth Olympics in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Autumn Ridley tries for an 80 inch Alaskan High Kick during the Native Youth Olympics Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Judge Leroy Shangin, of Anchorage, checks hand placement for contestants during the Indian Stick Pull at the Native Youth Olympics Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Participants must grip the stick, which is coated in grease, and try to yank it from their opponents hand.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Autumn Ridley tries an 82-inch Alaskan High Kick during the Native Youth Olympics Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion The crowd gets involved during a dance performance Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 for the Native Youth Olympics in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clairon (left) Joseph Whittom and Ceiony Allen try an arm pull as Seth Strange helps with their form during the Native Youth Olympics awards ceremony Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Anevay Ambrosiani, 10, and Fallon Hughes, 9, compete in the arm pull Saturday Jna. 25, 2014 during the Native Youth Olympics in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A crowd watches as the final awards of the afternoon — the Sportsmanship Awards — are given out during the Native Youth Olympics Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Cody Grimes laughs as he hangs onto Josie Jones who lead a "Snake" dance during a Jabila'ina dancer's performance at the Native Youth Olympics Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Utuq Moto, of Ninilchik, practices an Alaskan high kick during the Native Youth Olympics.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Leroy Shangin watches as Charlie Mack, 13, tries a toe-kick which requires the jumper to leap and, at the last second, flip their toes down and kick the rod on the floor backward during the Native Youth Olympics Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Daren Sanderson of the Seward Native Youth Olympics team competes Saturday in the Alaskan high-kick event during the 2012 Native Youth Olympics meet at Soldotna Middle School.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Community members bounce Stephanie Hawkins on a walrus skin tarp before sending her into the rafters at Soldotna Middle School during a blanket toss exhibition at the 2012 Native Youth Olympics meet Saturday. The tarp is more than 50 years old.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion Youth participate Friday night in the opening ceremonies of the Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion Ali Jones sings a song with the Jabila'ina Dancers at the 2012 Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion The 2012 Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna High School.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion Jacey Braveheart participates in the triple jump event at the 2012 Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion The 2012 Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna High School.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion Mekhai Rich participates in the seal hop event at the 2012 Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Autumn Ridley, of Anchorage, competes in the two foot high kick event at the 2012 Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney Daniel German, of New Stuyahok, competes in the two foot high kick event in 2012 at the Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion Brian Walker II, representing Chickaloon and Ya Ne Dah Ah, competes in the two foot high kick event in 2012 at the Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion Justin Pena, competes in the two foot high kick event Saturday morning at the Native Youth Olympics at Soldotna Middle School.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Simone Pushruk, of Chickaloon, keeps her eye on the bag as she competes in the two-foot high kick event during the 2010 Peninsula Winter Games Native Youth Olympics at Kenai Middle School.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Alice Strick, of Wasilla, measures her kick zone before going on to win the two-foot high kick in the senior division. The 67-inch tall girl won the event with a 67-inch kick during the 2010 Native Youth Olympics.
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File photo by Photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Jabila'ina Dancers perform between athletic events during the 2006 Native Youth Olympics.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion James Wardlow of the Alaska Job Corps NYO team competes in the one-arm reach during the 2006 Native Youth Olympics competition at Kenai Middle School.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Native Youth Olympics practice, 2003.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Native Youth Olympics practice, 2003.
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File photo by M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion Native Youth Olympics practice, 2003.
 

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