The 52nd World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) concluded Saturday in the Interior city of Fairbanks, offering those that visited a chance to see a world record fall.
Tim Field of Noorvik broke the world record for the one foot high kick (Canadian Style) this year.
Fairbanks has hosted WEIO since 1961, according to the event’s website. In the years since its inception, the games have continued to grow, garnering more participants, onlookers, and media coverage. The website offers a traditional perspective on the games:
To better appreciate the background of these games, envision yourself in a community village hut three hundred years ago with the temperature outside at 60 degrees below zero, and everybody in attendance celebrating a successful seal hunt. While the young men are demonstrating their athletic prowess and strength, the umialiks, or whaling captains, are on the perimeter of the hut looking with great interest at the young adults – one or more of these young men would be incorporated into their whaling and hunting crews – the fastest, the strongest, the one showing great balance and endurance to pain would be the top pick.
WEIO concluded Saturday, and results should be available shortly on its website.