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You're hemmed in on both sides, the only way across a body of water is over a fallen tree -- and it just rained. That’s the concept behind a competition at Day 2 of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks.

Capping daytime WEIO events, the greased pole walk is an event based on practicality. The event emulates the balance needed for crossing creeks on wet, slippery logs.

Athletes must walk across the greased pole barefoot -- and to make things fair, officials grease the pole between each contestant. Whoever walks the farthest wins.

In Thursday's finals, Marjorie Tahbone made it 29 and a half inches -- enough to take the women’s gold medal. For the men, Sanford Strange walked an astounding 138 and a half inches to get the first-place finish.

“You kind of have to grip your toes around it, because it's hard to walk on ice,” said silver medalist Aizah Sullivan, who managed 19 and a half inches. “But this is even harder because it's just so greasy and it gets in between your toes and on your feet, and it's like warm and it just feels funny.”

According to Sullivan, the trick to getting far on the greased pole is having a good core and great center of balance.

Friday’s event finals in Fairbanks include the two-foot high kick and the ear pull.