One foot high kick
The Inuit one-foot high kick is a traditional competition that the Inuit Inuit that is similar to the two foot high kick.
Two foot high kick
The two-foot high kick (akratcheak) is a traditional Inuit jumping event that occurs at many Arctic sports competitions. In the two-foot high kick, athletes must jump using two feet, touch a hanging target with both feet, and land on both feet, maintaining balance. The event is often considered the most demanding Arctic sport.
The event has its origin in subsistence whale hunting: when a whale was taken, a messenger would run to the village and kick both feet in the air once within eyeshot. Villagers would then know to prepare to harvest the whale.
As of 2007, the men's record in the event was 2,64 m (8 feet 8 inches); the women's record was 1,98 m (6 feet 6 inches).
Alaskan high kick
Kick as high as possible with one foot while holding the other foot in one hand and balancing on the other.
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