Friday, January 22, 2010

The Unique Sports of the Arctic Winter Games

The Arctic Winter Games are really a very, very, unique event. Unfortunately I think a lot of people who haven't been involved with these games before just don't have a good concept of just how different they really are.

Of course there are all the traditional winter sports that you might expect like Hockey, Curling and Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, there's also the indoor sports like Basketball, Volleyball, and Table Tennis. Of course those are all exciting but it's the traditional Arctic, Dene and other northern events that are unlike anything in any other games.

So with that in mind I've been doing a little snooping on youtube and I've found clips from some of the sports that make these games different from anything you've seen before.

First up is the Two Foot High Kick where the competitor has to jump up and kick a small stuffed "seal" hanging down from a string. They have to touch the seal with both feet at the same time and maintain their balance when they land. I think the winning kick at the Yellowknife games was at about 8 foot, 4 inches!:

I'll post more clips as I find them.


Anonymous said...

That's really cool Bill, I had no idea the Arctic Winter Games brought such unique events! The kids are off school that week, so we will definitely be spending some time as spectators. Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Bill do you know of a site that lists the events/venues? I have been looking around and can't seem to find anything with specifics, and we definitely want to go watch some events. Thanks!


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