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By Pilar Owens
TALON 

ATHLETES SHOW THEIR STRENGTH AT HIGHLAND GAMES

 

October 12, 2018

Competitor in the Caber Toss begins his throw.

ATHLETES SHOW THEIR STRENGTH AT HIGHLAND GAMES

by Pilar Owens, TALON

"Uuuuuhhh!"

"Waaah!"

Some athletes gave battle cries as they heaved and tossed logs and stones and sheaves and weights. They all crushed emerald grass and clovers beneath their feet. They all wore kilts.

This is not Scotland. This is Aztec. This is our Highland Games. Thirty-seven athletes (21 men and 16 women) demonstrated their strength and skills at eight different events on Saturday, and 20 athletes (15 men and five women) did the same on Sunday. They were divided into classes based on gender and skill, and rotated between six different event stations. At the caber toss they flipped a log in the air, hoping to make it land pointing straight out like the hands of a clock at noon. Athletes spun like merry-go-rounds before releasing weights, trying to make them go as far as possible. They hugged stones to their heads, pulled back, and--graaaah!--shoved the stone with all their strength. At the sheaf toss, athletes rocked pitchforks with a synthetic sheaf pinned to the tines, to build up momentum to toss the sheaf up and over the bar. At the weight for height station, they squatted and swung the weight between their legs, before giving it a one-handed toss up and over the bar behind them.

All the while, bagpipes and drums and accordions set a beat while the smell of beer and smoke and rain drifted on the air.

 

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