Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational

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Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Julianne Wilson makes a leap during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. Wilson won the senior girl's two-foot high kick with a leap of 72 inches.
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Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Noah Brown attempts to hit a ball hanging 82 inches above the ground with both feet during the two foot high kick event at the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School.
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Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Noah Brown (left) and Jake Smith discuss the position of Brown's feet during his last jump in the two foot high kick event of the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. Brown failed to hit the ball on that attempt; on the next, he made his winning kick of 82 inches.
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Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Raymond LaMont balances on his right hand before making a reach for the hanging ball during the one-handed reach event at the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. The game requires athletes to touch the ball with only one hand in contact with the ground.
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Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Supporting herself on her right hand, Makala Whittom reaches for a hanging ball with her left during the one-handed reach event at the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School.
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Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Samiel Wilson (left) prepares to go against Seth Strange in the arm pull event of the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Genevieve Wilson (left) struggles against Tierra Bond in the final junior girl's match of the arm pull event during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. Bond won.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Before competing in the Eskimo stick pull, Noah Brown twirls a stick used in the event during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. According to Youth Olympic volunteer Nick Hanson, the game simulates the struggle of pulling a harpooned seal out of the water.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Steven Riley (left) competes in the eskimo stick pull against Greg Smith during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. Arctic Winter Games Athlete Nick Hanson, who volunteered at the Invitational, said the game is meant to simulate pulling a speared seal out of the ice. "If you've got a big guy going up against a little guy, that's just the way it is," Hanson said. "If that little guy catches an 800 pound (seal), he's got to be able to fight that guy."
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Samantha Derr competes in the eskimo stick pull during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Brittany Sallaffie (right) coaches Alexis Kreger in the technique of raising her foot towards the ball for the one-foot jump kick during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. The trick is to lift the knee before kicking out.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Hannah Wilson makes a leap during the one foot high kick game at the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Misty Agroff finishes a one-foot jump kick during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Luke Riley stretches before attempting a two foot high kick during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School.
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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Luke Riley attempts a one foot high kick during the Native Youth Olympics Winter Games Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kenai Middle School. Riley barely missed making the kick.
 

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