The Iditarod Though the Decades: 1980s
A limited series about the Iditarod Through the Decades, hosted by Alex Stein. In this episode: 1980s
- The 1980s brought a sense of optimism and growth to the Iditarod race, fueled by the oil boom in Alaska and the rise of the yuppies.
- Rick Swenson, known as the King of Iditarod, dominated the race in the 1980s and brought an element of surprise and mystique by traveling at night without a headlamp.
- The 1980s saw the emergence of women in the Iditarod, with Susan Butcher and Libby Riddles becoming prominent figures and inspiring young girls and women.
- Financial challenges and the fall of the Soviet Union had an impact on the race, but the Iditarod continued to evolve and capture the public’s imagination.
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