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Encyclopedia > Jeff King (mushing)

Jeff King (born February 6, 1956 in North Fork, California) is an American long distance musher who is well known for winning both the 1,049+ mi (1,600+ km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska (four times) and the 1,000 mi (1,600 km) Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race across the U.S. and Canada (once). February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... North Fork is a small town located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Yosemite National Park. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Mushing is a general term for a sport or transport method powered by dogs, and includes carting, pulka, scootering, sled dog racing, skijoring, freighting, and weight pulling. ... Mi or mi may represent: Myocardial infarction mi, Māori language (ISO 639 alpha-2) mile, a measure of distance in the imperial system of units, about equal to 1. ... KM, Km, or km may stand for: Khmer language (ISO 639 alpha-2, km) Kilometre Kinemantra Meditation Knowledge management KM programming language KM Culture, Korean Movie Maker. ... The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually called the Iditarod, is an annual dog sled race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of dogs cover nowadays about 1,100 miles (1,760 km). ... Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,854 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ... The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race, or just the Yukon Quest, also known as The Toughest Sled Dog Race in the World, is an international dog mushing race held every February. ...


King moved to Alaska in 1975 and began racing in 1980, only two years after being accused of prostitution. A successful sled dog racer, he won the Yukon Quest in 1989, and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1993, 1996, 1998, and most recently, in the 2006 Iditarod. Only three other mushers have won the Iditarod four times (Martin Buser, Susan Butcher, Doug Swingley), and only Rick Swenson has won it more often (five times). King was 50 years old when he won the 2006 Iditarod, which makes him the oldest musher to win the event[1]. As of 2006, he has competed in 16 Iditarods. His "Idita-Rider" for the 2005 Iditarod was a child sponsored by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. King has also won many other sled dog races. He continues to race and has a kennel near the entrance of Denali National Park. Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,854 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ... Sled dogs, known also as sleigh dogs, sledge dogs or sleddogs are dogs that are used to pull a wheel-less vehicle on runners (a sled or sleigh) over snow or ice, by means of harnesses and lines. ... The ceremonial start of the 34th annual (XXXIV) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska began amidst the crowds of Anchorage on March 4, 2006, and the start of the competitive race, or restart, began the next day in Willow. ... Martin Buser (b. ... Susan Howlet Butcher (December 26, 1954 – August 5, 2006) was a dog musher who rose to fame when she became the second woman to win the Iditarod dogsled race in 1986, and went on to become the second four-time winner in 1990, and the first to win four out... Doug Swingley (born May 14, 1953) is an American dog musher and dog sled racer from Lincoln, Montana, who is a four-time winner of the 1,049-mile Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. ... Rick Swenson, sometimes known as the King of the Iditarod, is an American dog musher who has won the 1,049-mile Iditarod dog sled race across the U.S. state of Alaska more times than any other competitor. ... The ceremonial start of the 34th annual (XXXIV) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska began amidst the crowds of Anchorage on March 4, 2006, and the start of the competitive race, or restart, began the next day in Willow. ... The ceremonial start of the 33rd annual Iditarod dog sled race across the U.S. state of Alaska began in Anchorage on March 5, 2005 at 10 AM AKST (19:00 UTC), and restarted in Willow the next day at 2 PM (23:00 UTC). ... Denali National Park Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska and contains Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. ...


Jeff King likes to invent. Several years ago, he added a comfortable seat to his sled. After falling asleep and falling off the sled, King added a seat belt: "Musher Jeff King has developed a new, sit-down sled that some have labeled the Iditarod Barcalounger. King said it helps him get more rest, although he almost lost his team this year when he got to resting so well he went to sleep and fell off. He's since added a seat belt." [1] Dog sled A dog sled (or dogsled) is a sled pulled by one or more dogs used to travel over ice and through snow. ...


In 2006, King added a heated handlebar to warm his hands and his food, which heats up to 200 degrees.[2] Drop handlebars on a racing bicycle allow the rider a variety of positions for aerodynamics and comfort. ...

Preceded by:
Martin Buser
Iditarod winner
1993
Succeeded by:
Martin Buser
Preceded by:
Doug Swingley
Iditarod winner
1996
Succeeded by:
Martin Buser
Preceded by:
Martin Buser
Iditarod winner
1998
Succeeded by:
Doug Swingley
Preceded by:
Robert Sørlie
Iditarod winner
2006
Succeeded by:
...

Martin Buser (b. ... The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually called the Iditarod, is an annual dog sled race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of dogs cover nowadays about 1,100 miles (1,760 km). ... Martin Buser (b. ... Doug Swingley (born May 14, 1953) is an American dog musher and dog sled racer from Lincoln, Montana, who is a four-time winner of the 1,049-mile Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. ... The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually called the Iditarod, is an annual dog sled race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of dogs cover nowadays about 1,100 miles (1,760 km). ... Martin Buser (b. ... Martin Buser (b. ... The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually called the Iditarod, is an annual dog sled race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of dogs cover nowadays about 1,100 miles (1,760 km). ... Doug Swingley (born May 14, 1953) is an American dog musher and dog sled racer from Lincoln, Montana, who is a four-time winner of the 1,049-mile Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. ... Robert Sørlie (born 1958), commonly Sorlie in English, is a two time Iditarod champion Norwegian dog musher and dog sled racer from Hurdal. ... The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually called the Iditarod, is an annual dog sled race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of dogs cover nowadays about 1,100 miles (1,760 km). ...

Notes

  1. ^ St. George 2006, para. 2.
  2. ^ Little, Jon (2006-03-05). King should have smoke trailing from his sled-literally. Cabela's 2006 Race Coverage. Cabela's. Retrieved on 2006-08-31.

2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining. ...

References

  • St. George, Chas. (March 15, 2006). King makes it number four. Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Anchorage, Alaska. Retrieved on March 15, 2006 from Official Site of the Iditarod, For Press (pdf of press release).

External links


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Jeff King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (149 words)
Jeff King (mushing), an American multiple winner of the Iditarod dog sled race.
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Jeff King, an American soldier (oldest buried in Arlington National Cemetery).
Dogsled.com : Mushing news, Iditarod coverage and more... - Jeff King (145 words)
Born in California in 1956, Jeff came to Alaska in 1975 to "seek adventure." He began mushing in 1976 and has an outstanding race record including Iditarod victories in 1993, 1996 and 1998m, and a Yukon Quest victory in 1981.
Jeff lives with his family on Goose Lake in Denali Park surrounded by majestic peaks of the Alaska Range.
The King's two story log home is also an art studio for Jeff's wife, Donna, an accomplished medical illustrator and wildlife painter.
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