Can you stack up to these kids?
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:34:45 GMT —
It might not be one the games you see on TV, but speed stacking is a competitive sport that drew more than 250 kids to the Junior Olympics.
"I was like, 'I don't think I can do this," Carlson said. "But when I walked in, did it and came out I thought I did pretty good."
"I was nervous because of all of the older kids and how fast they were," Fierge said.
All of that worrying sparked a fire in Fierge and Carslon. Both placed top ten in their divisions.
'It gave me a surprised and proud feelings," Fierge said.
"It's good because not many kids get to go and get this chance at the Junior Olympics," Carlson said.
Carlson has been to the Junior Olympics before but this was Fierge's first time.
"It was cool because we got to compete against other people like head to head relay," she said.
Carlson and Fierge weren't the only two local competitors. Both of the athletes moms also took part in the games in the parent child doubles competition.
"It's a lot of fun but she gets frustrated with me because I'm not as good as her and I knock the cups down," Misty Fierge said.
"He told me I wasn't fast enough so he made me start practicing with him," Kayleen Carlson said.
All that practicing paid off. Kayleen Carlson took home first and second place in the adult speed stacking competitions.
But for these families speed stacking is about more than who's the fastest.
"It's the bond that we create," Kayleen Carlson said. "When we stack together we don't really say anything to each other we just know what the other person is going to do. we kind of communicate with each other without actually talking so I think it's really changed our relationship in that way."
The sport currently operates in 25,000 schools across the country and in 32 countries around the world.
Carlson and Fierge hope to continue making Ellington proud and maybe bring home the gold next year. Until then it's ..."Practice, practice, practice," Faith Fierge said.
And ... "Have fun," Erik Carlson said.
You can see who won the speed stacking competition between Kristen and cameraman Mark by clicking, here.