Knuckle Hop

Also known as a pain game, this traditional Inuit sport tests the athlete’s capacity to endure pain. The athlete gets down into a position similar to the push up, placing their elbows against their sides at an angle of 90 degrees. The wrists and ankles are locked and hands are clenched into fists.

While supporting their body only by their toes and knuckles, the athlete will begin to propel themselves off the ground and forward – hands and feet must come off the ground in a simultaneous manner. The athlete who covers the greatest distance is declared the winner, and the one who may need the most bandages.

Yukon Government Lotteries Yukon City of Whitehorse Government of Canada
Arctic Winter Games International Committee