Team Juneau wins 14 medals at traditional games competition

Team Juneau at WEIO

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - Way to go Team Juneau!

They took 14 medals at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) in Fairbanks this week.

During the four-day event, athletes competed in such games as the Alaskan High Kick, the Indian Stick Pull and the Two-Foot High Kick, which exhibit the skills one needed historically for survival in the Arctic.

Winners

  • Sara Steeves
    • Alaskan High Kick – Gold
    • Two-Foot High Kick- Bronze

  • Ezra Elisoff
    • Indian Stick Pull – Gold

  • Crystal Worl
    • Bench Reach - Silver

  • Bryan Johnson
    • Drop The Bomb - Bronze

  • Matthew Quinto
    • Blanket Toss - Bronze

  • CoachPatrice Deasis
    • Grease Pole Walk - Bronze

  • Coach Kyle Worl
    • Kneel Jump- Gold
    • Knuckle Hop - Gold
    • Grease Pole Walk - Gold
    • Tow-Foot High Kick - Silver
    • Bench Reach - Silver
    • Blanket Toss - Silver
    • One-Hand Reach - Bronze

Other Team Juneau athletes included Kaytlynne Lewis, Josh Sheakley, Joe Dundore, Shane Paul, Kellie James, Kyle Abbott, and Erik Jim.

The team practiced up to six days or 12 hours per week over the summer, said Coach Kyle Worl. The team also took part in a push-up challenge, and together they completed more than 30,000 push-ups within 60 days, Worl said.

“Our students trained so hard, and it paid off. The results are amazing. Last year, besides myself, we had only one other person medal; to have seven athletes medal this time is just a testament to their determination and stamina,” said Worl.

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