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Iditarod race across Alaska

A Norwegian musher won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on March 14, 2018, notching the third victory ever for his home country in the 46-year history of the annual 1,000-mile trek across Alaska's wilderness. Dogsled driver Joar Leifseth Ulsom, 31, arrived at the finish line shortly after 2:30 a.m. local time after nine days and 12 hours to become the second Norwegian to win the Iditarod. Countryman Robert Sorlie won twice before: in 2003 and again in 2005.

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A Norwegian musher won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on March 14, 2018, notching the third victory ever for his home country in the 46-year history of the annual 1,000-mile trek across Alaska's wilderness. Dogsled driver Joar Leifseth Ulsom,...more

A Norwegian musher won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on March 14, 2018, notching the third victory ever for his home country in the 46-year history of the annual 1,000-mile trek across Alaska's wilderness. Dogsled driver Joar Leifseth Ulsom, 31, arrived at the finish line shortly after 2:30 a.m. local time after nine days and 12 hours to become the second Norwegian to win the Iditarod. Countryman Robert Sorlie won twice before: in 2003 and again in 2005. REUTERS/Nils Hahn/The Nome Nugget
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Mats Pettersson's lead dogs wait at the start line during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod dog sled race in Anchorage, Alaska, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Mats Pettersson's lead dogs wait at the start line during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod dog sled race in Anchorage, Alaska, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Mats Pettersson's lead dogs wait at the start line during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod dog sled race in Anchorage, Alaska, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway celebrates winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, March 14, 2018. Ulsom was greeted by Nome's mayor and crowds of fans who lined the city's snow-covered Front Street, including one waving a Norwegian flag. In the finish chute, Ulsom said he had dreamed of winning the Iditarod ever since Sorlie did. �It�s pretty unreal that we pulled it off,� he said.

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Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway celebrates winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, March 14, 2018. Ulsom was greeted by Nome's mayor and crowds of fans who lined the city's snow-covered Front Street, including one waving a Norwegian...more

Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway celebrates winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, March 14, 2018. Ulsom was greeted by Nome's mayor and crowds of fans who lined the city's snow-covered Front Street, including one waving a Norwegian flag. In the finish chute, Ulsom said he had dreamed of winning the Iditarod ever since Sorlie did. �It�s pretty unreal that we pulled it off,� he said. REUTERS/Nils Hahn/The Nome Nugget
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Lars Monsen greets the crowd as he races down 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Lars Monsen greets the crowd as he races down 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Lars Monsen greets the crowd as he races down 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Sayonara and musher Dave Delcourt prepare for the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Sayonara and musher Dave Delcourt prepare for the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Sayonara and musher Dave Delcourt prepare for the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Tara Cicatello's team rounds the corner of 4th and Cordova during the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Tara Cicatello's team rounds the corner of 4th and Cordova during the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Tara Cicatello's team rounds the corner of 4th and Cordova during the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Urine samples are collected during the ceremonial start of the race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Urine samples are collected during the ceremonial start of the race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Urine samples are collected during the ceremonial start of the race. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Martha Dobson, a volunteer for the P-Team, collects urine samples. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Martha Dobson, a volunteer for the P-Team, collects urine samples. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Martha Dobson, a volunteer for the P-Team, collects urine samples. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Dogs from Katherine Keith's team are seen at the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Dogs from Katherine Keith's team are seen at the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Dogs from Katherine Keith's team are seen at the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Shaynee Traska's team waits to unload. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Shaynee Traska's team waits to unload. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Shaynee Traska's team waits to unload. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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A dog from Jim Lanier's team is seen during preparations. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

A dog from Jim Lanier's team is seen during preparations. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

A dog from Jim Lanier's team is seen during preparations. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Musher Tim Muto's team starts with breakfast before the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Musher Tim Muto's team starts with breakfast before the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Musher Tim Muto's team starts with breakfast before the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Kristy Berington's team during the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Kristy Berington's team during the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Kristy Berington's team during the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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Four-time champion Jeff King at the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Four-time champion Jeff King at the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Four-time champion Jeff King at the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Mark Meyer
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