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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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Appreciate your thoughts, however, as the OP, I can state with authority that this post was about finding inspiration in the drive of this one senior athlete.

 

I ask again that you please take your other thoughts to a new thread. Thanks. Smiley Happy

 

 

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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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@Prosecco6247 - Excellent way of putting it! Humans choose to participate in team sports with animals and train other animals to compete on their own. Undoubtedly these animals by nature love to run & do other athletic things, but once they're selected, the animals don't have a say to NOT participate, or stop if they run out of enthusiasm/energy. How sporting is that?!


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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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I feel that we are missing an important point here.  Dog sled racing and the famed "Iditarod" race are "team sports," not individual sports.

 

The dogs are the team and the "musher" is, in reality, their coach.  I believe the poster who brought up the treatment of the dogs was expressing her concern that the "team" deserved to be be recognized for the huge part they played in their "coach's" success and noted that there was an unfortunate history associated with the Iditarod race.

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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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How many football players & boxers are only now finding out the devastating consequences of repeated blows to the head .. despite helmets .. when they've gone thru that pounding for years?! You can't separate the exercise & competition in sports, from the damage & injury that's part of it!


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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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I appreciate that some find the Iditarod distasteful. Nevertheless, this is not the thread for such a discussion. A friendly suggestion for those interested in discussing the circumstance of the sled dogs: start a thread in which to do just that.

 

Different views are a good thing. Let's be supportive of each other's right to their own view.

 

PS While I am aware that there are local sled dog trainers and teams, I personally do not have any association with sled dogs or the Iditarod. Indeed, I have no opinion about the actual race other than this: what an impressive undertaking!

 

 

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Epster wrote:

@m272278g I appreciate your post, and wanted to present access to another viewpoint for others: 

 

Is the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Safe for the Dogs?

http://www.dogingtonpost.com/iditarod-cruelt-to-dogs/

 

The article's conclusion: "... it’s safe to say that most trainer/mushers respect the incredible abilities of these great dogs and likewise, the respect of the dogs themselves. Anyone that has watched dog sledding first hand, taken part in a sled team, or has owned one of these amazing dogs knows how much they love to work. And, while the Iditarod may have been less than safe in its early years, rules and regulations in place today ensure that the dogs are happy, healthy, and having fun!"

 

That said, this post is not really about the dogs, but about the amazing feat of the senior athlete who not only out-performed his son, but beat his own record to turn in a new record. That's something I find inspiring.


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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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People, young and old, die in other sports, too. Car racing. Football. Marathons. The list goes on. I've heard of a bike crash resulting in a death at one of the senior games in which I'll be partcipating this year. 

 

This thread is about the senior athlete's inspiring performance, let's stay on topic.

 

This man cut hours off the record. That, to me, shows what we seniors can do when we set our minds to accomplish something positive. Awesomeness. Smiley Happy

 

 

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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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I don't know how you can look at one aspect of a sport, and that the winner was a senior .. ignoring that 4 dogs died during the race:

 

".. Four dogs associated with the race have died this year, including a 4-year-old male named Flash who collapsed on the trail early Tuesday when his musher, Katherine Keith, was about 10 miles outside the checkpoint in Koyuk."

 

How many other sports would be allowed to continue, if some of the participants died?!


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@m272278g I appreciate your post, and wanted to present access to another viewpoint for others: 

 

Is the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Safe for the Dogs?

http://www.dogingtonpost.com/iditarod-cruelt-to-dogs/

 

The article's conclusion: "... it’s safe to say that most trainer/mushers respect the incredible abilities of these great dogs and likewise, the respect of the dogs themselves. Anyone that has watched dog sledding first hand, taken part in a sled team, or has owned one of these amazing dogs knows how much they love to work. And, while the Iditarod may have been less than safe in its early years, rules and regulations in place today ensure that the dogs are happy, healthy, and having fun!"

 

That said, this post is not really about the dogs, but about the amazing feat of the senior athlete who not only out-performed his son, but beat his own record to turn in a new record. That's something I find inspiring.

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Re: Another Amazing Senior Athlete: Iditarod Winner Oldest Ever!

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@m272278g - Thanks for posting this!


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