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in Fairbanks Newsminer:
Sunday march 22nd, 2009:
Michael Tetzner brought a wacky viking hat over from Hamburg, Germany. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to transport his dog team.
When Tetzner first flew his team over from Germany for the ONAC in 2001, it cost 3,500 Euros (less than $5,000 with today’s exchange rate). Now the airlines are charging $26,000.
“It’s very sad that I cannot come over with my dogs,” Tetzner said.
But he found a solution in the form of longtime friend Buddy Streeper’s B-team.
“I hope I can come with the second string under the top 10,” said Tetzner, who was in 11th place after Saturday.
Tetzner is known for his wacky hats, and the last two days has sported a shaggy white one with horns.
“I think the people like this viking hat and this is why I wear that,” Tetzner said. “I have maybe 20 hats at home, everything as crazy as the other.”
About 20 years ago, Tetzner was inspired to pursue mushing after watching a movie about Iditarod champion Susan Butcher.
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Bildtext: Egil Ellis
smiles after winning the GCI Open North American Championship sled dog race for the ninth time Sunday afternoon, March 22, 2009. Finishing only four seconds faster than second-place finisher Buddy Streeper, Ellis is now the winningest musher in the history of the ONAC.
Ein schöner, spannender Saison-Abschluss ...!