Family and camaraderie the theme of WEIO Day 2

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - While lots of the athletes at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics are here to compete for medals, most of them are here for something much bigger than that: Family.

That's what you can feel in the air all around you at day two of the World Eskimo and Indian Olympics.

"Kicking is not what it's really about," said 2018 Men's Alaskan High Kick champion Casey Ferguson. "It's about getting to see family."

Ferguson took first in the men's division with a kick of 90 inches. The record is 96.

"Not my personal best, but it was still great to be able to talk with everyone you haven't seen in a while between kicks," Ferguson said.

On the women's side, 23-year-old Veronica McDonald continues to rack up the awards, winning first with a kick of 72 inches, a personal best for her.

"Usually my support system at Arctic Winter Games is so much bigger," she said. "But here it's just me. So I really had to calm myself down and shake out the nerves. It was a learning experience."

WEIO continues through Saturday, July 21.

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