Native Youth Olympics

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Matthew Quinto, 15, performs a 90-inch one foot high kick in the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. Quinto, a Thunder Mountain High School student, won the event.

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Rayna Tuckwood, 11, participates in the wrist carry at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. Tuckwood won the event for middle school students.

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Trinity Jackson, 13, participates in the wrist carry as judge Elizabeth Rexford watches at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. Tuckwood won the event for middle school students.

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Byran Johnson, 18, falls at the end of his writst carry at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. Johnson, of Juneau-Douglas High School, won the event.

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Orion Denny, 16, rejoices in winning the high school\adult one foot high kick competition at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018.

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Arthur McVey, 15, participates in the wrist carry as judge Vincent Tomalonas follows along at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. Tuckwood won the event for middle school students.

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Orion Denny, 16, makes her winning one foot high kick at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018.

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Skylar Tuckwood, 13, makes her winning one foot high kick in the middle school competition at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018.

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Erick Whisenant 19, makes an 88-inch one foot high kick at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. Whisenant is a senior at Thunder Mountain High School.

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Bubba Stults, 18, participates in the wrist carry as judge Vincent Tomalonas follows along at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018. Tuckwood won the event for middle school students. Bubba is senior at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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Judge Melanie Rodriguez watches Skylar Tuckwood, 13, perform the kneel jump at the Native Youth Olympics 2018 Traditional Games at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Description

Approximately two dozen Juneau youths took to the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center gymnasium Friday night for the Native Youth Olympics Tradition Games.

It was the first of two days of friendly competition among middle and high school students in a sport that up until this year was only practiced at the elementary school level in town.

Read more here.

Photos by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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