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Iditarod musher loses winnings after testing positive for pot

Matt Giblin placed 38th in the Iditarod earlier this year, good enough to win a $1,049 prize for finishing the Alaskan dog sled race. However, now he reportedly needs to repay all of that after testing positive for marijuana.

Giblin, of Juneau, Alaska, reportedly tested positive in April but appealed the results. On Thursday, race officials announced that the appeals board upheld the test. He becomes the first musher to be busted under the race’s three-year-old testing program and is now listed as disqualified in the results of the 2012 race, which ended in March.

That the organizers of the Iditarod drug test the mushers is a bit curious because you probably have to be on drugs to want to go on a two-week dog sled race through the Alaskan wilderness during the dead of winter. The Anchorage Daily News offers this explanation:

Iditarod officials began testing mushers for illegal drugs during the 2010 race. Former champion Lance Mackey, a throat-cancer survivor who has admitted to smoking marijuana in the past, said at the time he believed the rule was spurred by jealous competitors.

Well, whatever “jealous” means, we now know you can’t smoke weed if you want to be in the Iditarod. The next question is obviously whether this also applies to the dogs.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live
Photo: Alaskan Dude/Flickr

Iditarod musher saves fallen dog with CPR

An Iditarod musher dramatically saved one of his fallen dogs by administering a CPR technique earlier this week.

Scott Janssen, who owns an Anchorage funeral home and is running his second Iditarod, noticed that the tug line of his sled slacked while exiting a famously tricky section of the Alaskan race. Janssen saw that one of his dogs — 9-year-old Marshall — was on the ground after collapsing.

“Boom! Laid right down. It was like a guy my age having a heart attack,” Janssen told the Anchorage Daily News. “I know what death looks like, and he was gone. Nobody home.”

Janssen says he began sobbing, but he didn’t wait long to try and save the dog. He began a dog-saving technique taught to him by another musher where the dog’s tongue is folded into its mouth, and the mouth is shut.

“I had my mouth over his nose, breathing into his nose as I was compressing and rubbing his chest, trying to work the air out,” Janssen said.

He said he was doing the CPR for what felt like an eternity, but was likely no more than five minutes. He implored the dog to respond. “I’m like c’mon dude, please come back,” Janssen explains.

“And he did.”

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