ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Mat Su A Team on Friday claimed both gold medals and a new world record in the Scissor Kick Broad Jump event at the Native Youth Olympics.
High School Senior Madi Ko won the women's event with a jump of 30' 1", beating her own record of 29' 6 ¾". She says the supportive atmosphere of NYO has helped her performance every year.
"There's just so much support here, I pretty much always do my best because you have adrenaline and you're pumped up but also people around you just care, and that makes you feel so great," Ko told Channel 2. "It just means a lot that everybody here is so supportive."
Ko says running track and doing the triple jump at high school helped her prepare for the Scissor Kick Broad Jump, but the event definitely has it's own nuances.
"It's a different event, I guess you have to motivate yourself to practice," Ko told Channel 2. "This involves jumping, but it is very different. I rely on advice a lot and just learning tips from other people to just make it feel natural which starts to happen after a while."
Ko's teammate Kaiden Jimenez won gold in the men's event with a jump of 35' 4¾".
See the full results here:
1.) Madi Ko (Mat-Su A) - 30' 1"
2.) Kaye Gumera (Unalaska) - 29' 4"
3.) Crystalynn Tula'I (Barrow HS) - 27' 6"
4.) Emily Pomeranke (Nome Beltz) - 27' 4"
5.) Catherine Sunny (Mt. Edgecumbe) - 25' 10¼"
1.) Kaiden Jiminez (Mat-Su A) - 35' 4¾"
2.) Arctic Ivanoff (Bering Strait A) - 35' 2¼"
3.) John Villena (Unalaska) - 35' 2"
4.) Orlin Gologergen (Mt. Edgecumbe) - 34' 10¼"
5.) Merlin White (LKSD) - 33' 6"