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Susan Butcher


1954 Born December 26 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
1962 Begins a school essay with "I hate the city"
1969 Receives first husky dog as a gift
1970 Moves to Colorado and works for a sled-dog breeder, begins mushing
1973 Moves to Alaska
c.1974-76 Spends three winters training in the Wrangell Mountains
1976 Travels to Knik, Alaska to meet and train under Joe Redington
1977 Jumps into freezing cold water for publicity to secure sponsorship, Redington predicts she will one day win Iditarod
1978 Enters and finishes 19th in her first Iditarod
1980 Charges $6,000 worth of dog food to David Monson
1985 Pulls out of the Iditarod after being attacked by a pregnant moose
1985 Marries David Monson
1988 Becomes first person to win Iditarod three times in a row
1990 Sets Iditarod time record (16 days, one hour, 53 minutes) that remains until 1994
1990 Becomes second person to win Iditarod four times
1994 Retires to raise a family and tend to her dog-breeding business

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