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Photos: Best of World Eskimo Indian Olympics 2013

Competitors from across the Arctic gathered in Fairbanks for the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. James Lampe (left) and Leroy Shangin (right) demonstrating the Ear Pull. Lampe won the men's Ear Pull event at WEIO 2013 for the third year in a row.
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Competitors in the Indian Stick Pull at the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. July 21, 2013
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Competitors and dancers from across the Arctic gathered in Fairbanks for the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. July 21, 2013
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Competitors from across the Arctic gathered in Fairbanks for the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. July 21, 2013
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Miss WEIO, Rosemary Berg, at the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. July 21, 2013
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Nick Hanson, 25, gold medalist of the two foot high kick at the 2013 World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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A competitor in the two foot high kick in Fairbanks for the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. July 21, 2013
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Competitors and their families from across the Arctic gathered in Fairbanks for the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. July 21, 2013
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WEIO celebrates Native culture and heritage through games, crafts, and dancing. This year's event featured the annual Miss WEIO pageant, the Traditional Regalia contest, and the Native baby contest including showcasing traditional dance groups each night.
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WEIO celebrates Native culture and heritage through games, crafts, and dancing. This year's event featured the annual Miss WEIO pageant, the Traditional Regalia contest, and the Native baby contest including showcasing traditional dance groups each night.
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A competitor in the one-foot high kick at the 52nd annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, held this past week. July 21, 2013
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Chris Jerue (right) won this year's Arm Pull event at WEIO 2013.
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Mikkel Andersen of Greenland took the title for this year's Drop the Bomb event, going 109 feet, 2 1/2 inches.
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Erica Meckel of Fairbanks, Alaska, competing in the one foot high kick (Canadian Style) at the 2013 World Eskimo-Indian Olympics.
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Tim Field of Noorvik, breaking the world record for the one foot high kick (Canadian Style) at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks, Alaska on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
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WEIO celebrates Native culture and heritage through games, crafts, and dancing. This year's event featured the annual Miss WEIO pageant, the Traditional Regalia contest, and the Native baby contest including showcasing traditional dance groups each night.
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Craig Medred

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.

The games feature mostly Alaska Native competitors, although a group from Greenland is returning for the third consecutive year, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

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.